How do you tell if a Company is a C-Corp?

To become a C-Corp, a company must file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State and file IRS Form SS-4 to obtain an employer identification number (EIN).   

A few indications that the Company is likely a C-Corp include:

  • Name ends with either the identifier “Incorporated” or “Corp”.
  • Business has a Board of Directors
  • Business was formed by filing Articles of Incorporation

You can search state databases to check the entity’s status. 

For example, Delaware C-Corps can be looked up on the Delaware Division of Corporation’s website.  

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This article does not constitute legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor with respect to your particular circumstance.

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