If you are planning to incorporate your business, then you are on the right track.
Limited liability, great planning opportunities and tax advantages are just a few reasons why a lot of people incorporate a business. Below you will find more details about corporations.
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Step 1 - Advantages of Incorporating your business.
A corporation is a unique legal entity and it is separate from the people who own its shares.
1. Limited personal risk. The greatest advantage of incorporation is the limited liability that it confers on shareholders with respect to debts, obligations and liabilities of the corporation.
2. Number of Owners. Incorporated companies can potentially have an unlimited number of different owners. If the business has or is planning on having a number of owners, incorporation is preferable. First, it is easier to transfer ownership in the business, as all the owners have to do is acquire or sell their shares in the company. In addition, owners/shareholders are only liable to the extent of their shareholdings. They are not liable for any other owner’s personal debt or to their creditors as may be the case in a partnership.
3. Government Grants. Some government grants and programs are only offered to incorporated businesses.
4. Ability to raise capital. The ability to issue various classes of shares with preferences as to dividends, redemption or convertibility and to utilize bonds or debentures greatly enhances a corporations ability to obtain funds for expansion or development.
5. Employees. Corporations can offer shares to their employees as a form of profit sharing incentive thereby sharing in the profits and performance of that corporation without affecting control. The performance of the company therefore affects all and is an incentive for employees to improve performance and thus improve the value of their shares and the profits the company produces.
6 . Possible tax advantages. Small Canadian controlled private corporations are taxed at approximately half the regular rate on the first $500.000 of active business income in each year. A corporation also has additional tax planning and income splitting arrangements available.
7 . Continuous existence & ownership is transferable. The death or withdrawal of a shareholder does not affect the existence of the corporation, which enjoys perpetual succession.
8. Ability to hold title to real estate and enter into contracts. A corporation can own real estate and sign contracts under corporate name.
Step 2 - Choosing the right corporate name.
Choosing the right name for your new business is an important decision. You want a name that will draw potential customers, help clients identify your company and build your business image. A name that is easy to remember and provides information about the products or services you offer is always a good choice. Choose a distinctive name to stand out from your competitors. Make sure the name is not misleading or confusing in its description of the goods or services you will provide.
The first step is to decide if you will have a name for the corporation or use a "numbered company". There is no requirement for the corporation to have a name. You can incorporate a company using a number; for example "12345678 Saskatchewan Ltd.". Upon successful registration the Registrar will assign the next sequential number to the corporation as part of its name. A corporation incorporated in this way is a "numbered company".
Most people prefer to have a name for their corporation: to give it a unique identity, to avoid confusion with other corporations, and to give a general idea of the nature of the business to be carried on by the corporation.
Step 3 - Check availability of the proposed corporate name
Before making a final decision on your corporate name and ordering forms or stationery, you may want to know if someone else is already using the name. You can do a Preliminary name search that will allow you to check up to 3 names for $15 plus tax.
Once you are ready to reserve your corporate name, you have to submit 3 top name choices for approval. The names would be reviewed in the order of preference and the first available name would be reserved for you. The cost of name reservation is $79.00 plus tax. Reservation is valid for 90 days. Please note that name reservation is mandatory for incorporating a business in Saskatchewan.
Once you have selected a particular name you can perform a name search in advance, or to simplify the process, you can do the name search as part of your application form.
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Step 4 - Information required to register your corporation.
To register your corporation in Saskatchewan, you will need to provide:
- Name and address of the business.
- Fresh name reservation certificate - less than 90 days old
- Description of the business activity.
- Name and address of each Director.
- Name and address of each Shareholder.
Please note that you need a minimum of 1 Director and Shareholder. One person can hold both positions.
Step 5 - Filing Articles of Incorporation
Incorporation of the business is done by completing a document called Articles of Incorporation that is then delivered directly to the appropriate government department.
Once your application for Incorporation is approved, you will receive the official Articles of Incorporation.
Articles of Incorporation consists of a legal document that confirms registration of your corporation with the Saskatchewan government. Articles of Incorporation are valid in perpetuity.
Step 6 - Corporate Minute Book, Seal and Share Certificates
A corporate minute book and registers are very useful organizational tools that project a professional image of any new corporation. Revenue Canada, a lawyer or any other authority would request to view your minute book in case they have any issues with your corporation. For that reason alone, you should have your minute book ready and updated at all times.
View this quick video to learn more about the Corporate Minute Book.
The Legacy Kit features a high quality leatherette cover with gold detailing and is provided with an accompanying brass minute book plate that permanently adheres to the spine for easy identification. The functional 3-ring binder and slipcase format fits standard 12" shelving units. This quality register comes in a burgundy colour.
Both kits come with the award-winning mark-maker embosser, Standard 10 tab set, Corporate Information Summary, a Directors Register, List of Officers, Shareholders Register, Securities Registers and Transfer Registers for Shares, Warrants and Debts, five sheets of blank paper and one set of ten Share Certificates.
The contents of these packages are predetermined so as to simplify the ordering process.
The mark-maker seal is an award-winning embosser which seals your most important deals and records at the office or at home. It is ideal for identifying legal documents, notary seals publications and books. Features include: Lifetime Warranty, Brass Index Plate, and an Easy-to use Wide-Grip handle that makes a perfect impression each and every time. This corporate seal fits perfectly inside our Attaché Kit package.
Step 7 - Apply for GST, Payroll, Import/Export and WCB Accounts
- GST - Any business that generates more than $30,000 in annual taxable sales has to register for GST
- Payroll - Any business that has employees must register for a Payroll account
- Import/Export - If you are planning to trade with other countries, this account would be very helpful
- WCB - All employers operating in industries covered under Saskatchewan's WCB legislation, who employ workers on a regular, casual or contractual basis, must register and establish an account with the WCB.
You can request all or any of the above tax accounts during the registration process. Simply check the appropriate check-box on the application form.
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Step 8 - Incorporation Packages and fees
Business Development Centre provides complete incorporation services for Saskatchewan Corporations. The process requires approximately 15 business days. However, we have a rush service available. For an additional fee we can have your corporation registered in 5 business days after we receive your paid order. There are some conditions, so ask us for complete details. Your documents can be delivered anywhere in Canada.
Professional Package - Saskatchewan Incorporation (All Inclusive and Most Popular)>>
This is a full incorporation package for Saskatchewan Corporation. This package includes Corporate Minute Book, Corporate Seal and Share Certificates. You should use this package if you are planning to start and run a solid business for a long time.
Our Fee$149.00 Preparation of the Articles of IncorporationIncluded Review of the ArticlesIncluded Filing of the ArticlesIncluded Preliminary Name Search $12.00 Name Reservation $79.00 Corporate Forms $29.90 Corporate Minute Book $85.00 Corporate Seal $54.00 Share Certificates $20.00 Government Filing Fee $215.00 Electronic Access Fee $50.00 Shipping & Handling $15.00 Taxes $64.21 Total - including government fees and taxes $773.11
Standard Package - Saskatchewan Incorporation>>
This is a standard incorporation package for Saskatchewan Corporation. Please note that this package does not include corporate minute book and accessories. You should use this package if you are planning to use the corporation for a specific purpose and know how to manage corporate records.
Our Fee$149.00 Preparation of the Articles of IncorporationIncluded Review of the ArticlesIncluded Filing of the ArticlesIncluded Preliminary Name Search $12.00 Name Reservation $79.00 Corporate Forms $14.95 Government Filing Fee$215.00 Electronic Access Fee$50.00 Shipping & Handling$15.00 Taxes$41.59 Total - including government fees and taxes$576.54
Basic Package - Saskatchewan Incorporation>>
This is an absolutely minimum package required to register an Saskatchewan Corporation. You should use this package only if you are fully aware of the corporate rules and regulations.
Our Fee$99.00 Preparation of the Articles of IncorporationIncluded Filing of the ArticlesIncluded Corporate Forms $14.95 Preliminary Name Search $12.00 Name Reservation $79.00 Government Filing Fee $215.00 Electronic Access Fee $50.00 Shipping & Handling $15.00 Taxes $35.09 Total - including government fees and taxes $520.04 This package is available online only.
Step 9 - What to expect after registration
Here is what you will get once your application is approved:
- You will receive an Official Registration Certificate issued by the Saskatchewan government.
- This certificate will entitle you to operate your Corporation in Saskatchewan.
- If you apply for tax accounts (and you should), you will receive documentation directly from appropriate government departments that administer those accounts. We will also provide you with account numbers where applicable.
- When you select a Professional Package, we will provide a Corporate Minute Book with a Corporate Seal and Share Certificates.
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- Incorporate Your Business in Saskatchewan
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- Reserve Your Corporate Name
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