Quick Reference Filing Guide to Alabama

Alabama

The Alabama government main page is often succinct, and to the point. The page does include a direct link to a page which focuses upon conducting business in Alabama, which includes a link to "starting a business in Alabama" and covers topics like information regarding the incorporation process and registration of foreign corporations, as well as business licensing requirements..

Secretary of State

The Secretary of State of Alabama is responsible for regulating the incorporation process, as well as handling trademarks, trade Names and service marks. The Secretary's web site does a nice job of providing information regarding the functions of the Secretary's office. The Corporation Division allows for searches of corporations, provides detailed information regarding the steps required to register a foreign corporation and to form a corporation and a limited liability company in Alabama. Some forms and guidelines are also present in PDF format.

Taxes

There are many professions required to procure a privilege license in Alabama. Is yours one? Find out on the pages of the Alabama Department of Revenue. Be certain to read the information about the Business Privilege Tax, which has replaced the Franchise Tax. While you’re there, you can also download tax forms. Both personal forms and corporate forms are available. There’s also information regarding sales tax, use tax, withholding taxes, and some helpful frequently asked questions sections.

Legislature

The Alabama State Legislature page brings us an Alabama Legislative History and also email and mail addresses for the legislators. There are also brief biographies of the Representatives and Senators, and they offer live audio of House and Senate proceedings.