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How to Incorporate in Mississippi

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Why Start an MS Corporation?

The state of Mississippi offers a range of business advantages and incentives, giving businesses in Mississippi a competitive edge. Your corporation may be able to take advantage of these incentives, provided it meets qualifying criteria.

For example, the Advantage Jobs Program provides for a rebate of a percentage of Mississippi payroll to qualified employers for a period of up to 10 years. The average of all new jobs being created by the new or expanding business must meet the program’s minimum average wage requirements.

For many entrepreneurs looking to start a larger business, an MS incorporation may be the best choice. As a corporation, your business is able to buy and trade stock, and when it comes to excess profits, corporations offer more flexibility than a limited liability company (LLC). A corporation is allowed to pass income and losses to its shareholders, who report taxes on an individual tax return at ordinary levels.

Is an LLC Better Than a Corporation?

It all depends on your business goals. For smaller businesses, limited liability companies are usually a better option. An LLC is easier to set up and receives many of the same benefits as corporations, but with less regulation.

Learn more about forming a Mississippi LLC so you can decide which business entity is right for you.

Benefits of Forming a Mississippi C Corporation

  • The strongest form of liability protection possible by insulating your personal assets and finances from business debts, obligations, damages, bankruptcy or other liabilities

  • Several options to create, buy, sell or transfer stock, including publicly

  • The ability to issue more than one type of stock

  • The ability to raise more funds by issuing more stock

  • The ability to sell stock to investors inside and outside the U.S.

Benefits of Forming a Mississippi S Corporation

It offers several advantages similar to those provided by a C Corp including, but not limited to:

  • Options for creating, transferring and selling stock, though not as many as a C Corp

  • The capacity for up to 100 shareholders

  • Simpler rules than those that apply to C Corporations

  • Easy transfer of ownership simply by selling your stock

  • The possibility of saving money by allowing you to pay less self-employment tax

In this guide, you’ll find information on naming your corporation, getting a Registered Agent, the fees you’ll need to pay, business taxes and much more. We also cover what you'll need to register your corporation and how you'll interact with the Secretary of State in Mississippi.

Start a Business in Mississippi Checklist

To help you along the way, use our Starting a Business checklist to keep track of everything you need to do to get your business up and running.

How to Form an MS Corporation Yourself in 6 Steps

What is a Corporation?

Step 1: Choose a Unique Business Name and Complete a State Business Search

Every Mississippi business must have a unique name that hasn't already been claimed by another business in the state. If it's difficult coming up with a name, try using our Business Name Generator to gather ideas. You'll need to follow a few naming rules, which you can read about in detail on the Mississippi Corporation Names page.

Once you’ve decided on a name, you’ll need to make sure it’s available in Mississippi. To see whether another business in the state is using your desired business name, use our tool to do a Mississippi entity search. You can also carry out a name search on the state's website.

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Step 2: Provide an Official Business Address for Your Corporation

All Mississippi corporations must have a designated address. It could be the address of your residence (if you’re running the company from your home), a building where your office is located or any physical address of your choice. The address may be outside the state of Mississippi and can be a P.O. Box.

You may also be able to use a virtual mailbox for your business address. Bizee can provide you with a Mississippi virtual mailbox where we'll receive your mail and scan it for your online review. This can be especially helpful if you run a home-based business and don't want your home address published as part of your business public record.

Step 3: Assign a Registered Agent

Someone who receives official correspondence and is responsible for filing reports with the Mississippi Secretary of State is known as a Registered Agent. Every Mississippi corporation is required to have a Registered Agent.

You can either fill this position yourself, assign another manager in your business or use a Registered Agent service. If your Registered Agent in Mississippi is a person, they must have a physical street address in Mississippi and must be present during business hours to receive important documentation on behalf of your company. You'll appoint your Registered Agent when you file your Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State and formally create your corporation.

All of Bizee’s business formation packages include Registered Agent service. It’s free for the first year and just $119 per year after that. You can also access a digital dashboard to view any document we've received on your behalf.

Step 4: File Your Articles of Incorporation With the Mississippi Secretary of State

Once you've gathered all the information for your corporation, you’ll need to file a form via the online portal with the Secretary of State to create your Articles of Incorporation. This will officially create your business.

Here’s what is typically included:

  • Your business name and type The corporation’s capital structure (number of shares to be issued)
  • The county in the state of Mississippi in which the corporation is to be located
  • Registered Agent's name and address
  • Name and address of each incorporator

Your Articles of Incorporation can be filed online via the state's digital portal. Business documents in Mississippi may only be filed using the Secretary of State's online filing system. The MS Corporation filing fee is $50.

You only need to file your Articles of Incorporation in Mississippi once, but once a year thereafter, you'll also need to file an annual report with the Secretary of State in MS. Bizee can remind you about this every year, or we can do it for you if you have us handle the paperwork.

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What are the fees and requirements to incorporate in Mississippi?

State Fee


State Filling Time

3 Weeks

Expedited Filing Time

2 Business Days

Annual Report



Due Date

April 15

Filing Fee


Step 5: Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) From the Internal Revenue Service

You'll need an EIN to identify your business to the IRS. You use this number for filing and paying taxes, submitting payroll information and payments for your employees and opening a business bank account. You can obtain one directly from the IRS, or Bizee can get one for you as part of the Mississippi corporation creation process.

Step 6: Write Bylaws

A set of rules that govern how a corporation will be run, bylaws detail how many directors the corporation will have, whether the board of directors will have annual meetings and what the voting requirements will be, among other things.

Some states - including Mississippi - legally require companies to create bylaws. You don't need to file your bylaws with the Secretary of State, simply keep them with your other business records.

It's always a good idea to write and follow bylaws to protect your business from any future changes and events.

Types of MS Corporations

C Corporation

When you file to start a corporation, by default, it's a C Corp. This is the choice for large businesses that will trade shares in the stock market.

A Mississippi C Corporation will offer you several liability protections, but it will also be required to adhere to numerous strict rules and regulations. It will also likely have a substantial amount of administrative overhead, and won't enjoy as many tax advantages as other corporation types.

Learn more about C Corporations.

S Corporation

Technically, an S Corporation isn't a business entity the way LLCs and C Corporations are. It's a tax filing status. An LLC or a C Corporation can be an S Corporation. It's just a matter of filing a form with the IRS.

The main reason to file as an S Corp is to save money on self-employment taxes. To get an idea of how much money you might save, use our S Corp Tax Calculator.

If you want your Mississippi C Corporation to be treated as a Mississippi S Corporation, file the IRS Election by a Small Business Corporation form, also known as Form 2553 or an S Corp Election form.

Consult with your tax advisor or accountant to determine whether this is your best option.

Learn more about S Corporations.

Compare S Corp vs. C Corp to learn the benefits and drawbacks of both, and decide which one will best suit your needs.

Professional Corporation

Some states, including Mississippi, allow certain occupations to form Professional Corporations. The Mississippi Professional Corporation Act Title 79, Chapter 10, Article 1, § 79-10-5 defines a Professional Corporation in Mississippi as:

"...a corporation for profit, other than a foreign professional corporation, subject to the provisions of this chapter. ‘Professional service’ means a service that may be lawfully rendered only by a person licensed or otherwise authorized by a licensing authority in this state to render the service, including, without limitation, certified public accountants, dentists, architects, veterinarians, osteopaths, physicians, surgeons and attorneys-at-law."

The Mississippi Professional Corporation Act Title 79, Chapter 10, Article 1, § 79-10-5 also specifies a few of the professions permitted to form a Professional Corporation in Mississippi, which include, but may not be limited to:

The Mississippi Professional Corporation Act Title 79, Chapter 10, Article 1, § 79-10-5 also specifies a few of the professions permitted to form a Professional Corporation in Mississippi, which include, but may not be limited to:

  • Certified public accountants
  • Dentists
  • Architects
  • Veterinarians
  • Osteopaths
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Attorneys-at-law

Check with the Secretary of State to confirm whether your business should and can be a Professional Corporation.

Foreign Corporation

If your business operates in another state and you want to expand into Mississippi — or vice versa — you’ll need to form a Foreign Corporation.

Learn more about Mississippi Foreign Corporation registration.

Nonprofit Corporation

Charitable organizations can incorporate as nonprofit corporations. This means all the profits they generate are donated to the organization supported by the charity, minus administrative costs.

A nonprofit corporation is also exempt from federal and state taxes, allowing more of the profit to benefit the charity.

Note: Everything in this guide applies to for-profit corporations, and mostly to C Corps and S Corps. Items listed as requirements for forming a corporation may or may not also apply to nonprofits.

Limited Liability Company

Depending on the type of business you want to start, or your personal circumstances and goals, an LLC may be a better option. For example, you may only want to build a small business that you yourself will run with just a few employees and you may not need the options to buy and sell stock.

A Mississippi LLC is usually a better option for a smaller business. It's easier to set up, but it still offers you certain advantages you'd get from a corporation. You can even have your LLC treated as an S Corporation for tax purposes to save you money.

Regardless of which direction you decide to go, we can help you with your Mississippi business registration.

Learn more about limited liability companies.

Sole Proprietorship or Partnership

These are the simplest types of businesses to set up. That's because there's no real setup to do. If you don't choose to form a separate business entity, by default, you'll have either a sole proprietorship (just you) or a partnership (you and one or more other people). Neither of these options provide you with any special benefits or liability protections and can leave your personal assets vulnerable. For these reasons, we don't recommend them. Compare business entity types to decide which one is best for you.

Helpful Resources from the State of Mississippi

More Information in This Guide


Mississippi Corporation Names

How to search the state business registry and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving names for MS corporations and more.


Mississippi Registered Agents

How to appoint, change and search for Registered Agents. Also includes the duties they fulfill and the rules they’re required to follow.


Mississippi Incorporation Fees and Requirements

Details the various fees you’ll need to pay and the state and federal requirements you’ll need to meet. Includes details about Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), state and federal business licenses, annual reports and more.


Mississippi Corporation Taxes

Covers the various taxes you’ll have to pay to the state and federal governments. Includes details about state taxes such as sales and franchise, and federal taxes such as income and self-employment.

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