How to Form an S Corporation in Pennsylvania


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a state located in the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered by Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest and Ohio to the west. The Appalachian Mountains run through its center. Its capital city is Harrisburg. The commonwealth borders Lake Erie and Lake Ontario (Canada), as well as New York and Ontario (Canada).

What is an S Corporation?

The S corporation is a corporate entity that’s designed to provide tax advantages and limited liability protection to its shareholders. It passes corporate income, losses, deductions, and credits through to its shareholders for federal tax purposes. Shareholders of S corporations report the flow-through of income and losses on their personal tax returns and are assessed tax at their individual income tax rates. In Pennsylvania, you can form an S corporation by filing Articles of Incorporation with the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Filing Articles of Incorporation

To form an S corporation in Pennsylvania you need to file Articles of Incorporation with the Department of State Bureau of Corporations & Charitable Organizations; Obtain a Tax Identification Number from PennDOT (if needed); Register for sales tax permits if applicable; Apply for or amend any necessary licenses from state agencies; Obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number from IRS (if needed).

Reserving Your Company’s Name

To reserve your company name, you’ll need to set up an account on the Pennsylvania Department of State website. Reserving a company name is free and valuable. There are many reasons why reserving your business name makes sense:

  • It ensures nobody else uses it when establishing their own business in future years or months;
  • It helps protect against trademark infringement claims; and

Complete your Articles of Incorporation

Once you’ve reserved your company name, you must complete your Articles of Incorporation and submit it to the Department of State along with a $125 filing fee. You can do this online or by mail.

Include a List of Incorporators

Along with the completed articles of incorporation form, you’ll need to include a list of incorporators who are responsible for organizing your corporation when you submit it to the Department of State. Incorporators are not required to be the same people as your board of directors: they can be anyone (natural persons) who is at least 18 years old and has no felony convictions.

The list of incorporators must show their full legal names and the following information:

-Their addresses, including a street address if possible.

-Their telephone numbers. If you don’t have a phone number for an incorporator, include the area code and a contact email address instead.


There are many benefits to forming an S corporation in Pennsylvania. The state’s incorporation process is straightforward and easy to complete. Forming this type of business entity can help you save on taxes by allowing some income to pass through to shareholders’ individual tax returns instead of paying corporate income tax rates. It’s also important to note that if you decide not to form an S-corporation because it doesn’t work for your needs, there are other types of corporations available such as LLCs or C-Corps which provide similar benefits but have different requirements when it comes time filing paperwork with the state.

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