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Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern United States, an area often referred to as the “American Heartland”. It derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many American Indian tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration. Iowa was a part of the French colony of New France. After the Louisiana Purchase, settlers laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt. Iowa is often known as the “Food Capital of the World”. In the latter half of the 20th century, Iowa’s agricultural economy transitioned to a diversified economy of advanced manufacturing, processing, financial services, biotechnology, and green energy production. Iowa is the 26th most extensive and the 30th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Des Moines. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states to live in.

Incorporating a Corporation in Iowa

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation as required by the state law and help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Iowa requires corporations to have names that can’t be confused with any existing entitynames, reserved, or registered names. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets Iowa’s standards.

Permitted designations: Iowa corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:

  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Incorporation.

Turnaround time: about 8-12 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Minimum one director is required.

Director qualifications: Directors must be at least 18 years old. Iowa does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.

Appearance in articles: Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file biennial reports before April 1 on even numbered calendar years.

Turnaround time: 4 -6  business days.

Signatures: Only company officers are authorized to sign biennial reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

Forming an LLC in Iowa

If you want to form an limited liability company (LLC), Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required LLC paperwork, obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your LLC as required by the state law and help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State formation requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

Iowa requires Limited Liability Companies to have names that can’t be confused with any existing entities or reserved names. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets Iowa’s standards.

Permitted designations: Iowa LLC names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:

  • L.C.
  • L.L.C.
  • LLC
  • Limited Company
  • Limited Liability Company

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Certificate of Organization must be filed.

Turnaround time: about 10-12 business days.

Follow-up filing: Not required.

Managers/Members Information

Minimum number: LLC must have at least one manager/member.

Principal Office Location / Registered Agent:

LLC’s principal office may be located outside of the state. Local registered agent is required.

Annual Reports

Time to file: LLCs must file their biennial before April 1 of odd-numbered calendar years.

Signatures: Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

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