How to Form an S Corporation in Tennessee


If you’re a small business owner or sole proprietor who wants to take advantage of the tax benefits offered by an S corporation, then it’s important to understand how to form one in Tennessee. The process isn’t complicated, but it does require some time and attention on your part. In this article, we’ll take a look at what it takes to form an S corporation in Tennessee by explaining each step of the process:

Choose a Business Name

Once you have decided to form an S corporation in Tennessee, you will need to choose a business name. This can be done by registering with the state as a sole proprietorship or partnership, or by filing articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State.

You are also required to choose a name that does not conflict with another company or product in any way. For example, if there is already an existing company called “Carpet Cleaning” and your business provides similar services, your chosen name must be something else entirely so as not to confuse customers.

The same rule applies if there’s already a plant named “Plant A.” In this case, you should probably avoid using that name for your own business unless it’s possible for there to be multiple plants of this kind around town—but even then it may still be wise to take precautions against confusion between businesses and products/services by picking an alternative title instead!

File the Certificate of Formation

The next step is to file the certificate of formation with the Division of Business Services. You can find the form online or in person at a local office. The form is called “Certificate of Formation.” It costs $20 to file, and there’s no limit on how many people can be listed on your business’ certificate of formation.

You’ll need to provide basic information about your S corporation, including its name, address and phone number; names and addresses for all shareholders; and contact information of the authorized agent if you have one.

File the S Corporation Election

Once you’ve formed an S corporation, you must file Form 2553 with the IRS. This form is available online and must be filed within 75 days of the date you formed your S Corporation. If your company will have more than 100 shareholders or if it’s not a one-person business, then it’s also necessary to send another document called Schedule K-1 (Form 1065).

If you are filing for an LLC, then this process is much simpler. You simply need to submit a copy of your Articles of Organization along with Form 8832 (Entity Classification Election) and send them both to the IRS address listed on their website.

Register to Do Business in Tennessee

In order to legally do business in Tennessee, you must register with the secretary of state. You’ll also need to register with your county clerk’s office and the treasurer’s office. If you plan on having employees or a physical place of business, you’ll need to register with the tax assessor’s office and health department as well.


If you’re interested in forming an S Corporation in Tennessee, it’s important to know that there are a few steps you have to take. First, you need to file a certificate of formation with the Division of Business Services and an S Corporation election with the IRS. Then, register to do business in Tennessee by filing Form BE-1. Finally, make sure your business name doesn’t conflict with any other businesses by checking on the Secretary of State’s website or calling them directly. It’s easy enough so long as everything goes smoothly!

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