Business Services | Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive here in the Business Services Division. If, after reading these questions and answers, you still seek additional information, please feel free to call us at 601-359-1633.


Our Most Frequently Asked Questions:
 

  1. We are a corporation outside the state, how do we register to do business in Mississippi?
  2. What is a Registered Agent?
  3. What is needed to reinstate my corporation?
  4. What is the difference between an “S” and “C” Corporation?
  5. How do I change officers on my Corporation?
  6. How long does it take for my document to be processed?
  7. What entities are responsible for filing an Annual Report?
  8. Can an incorporator be removed from the articles of incorporation?



Answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions:

1. We are a corporation outside the state, how do we register to do business in Mississippi?

Answer:
In order to do business within Mississippi as a Corporation, you are required to have a Certificate of Authority, and to appoint a Mississippi Registered Agent. The forms to qualify are available on our website under the FORMS LIBRARY. You would need to complete Forms F0002 & F0009. You will also need to contact the Secretary of State Office where your corporation was originally formed and request a Certificate of Existence or a Good Standing Certificate, which is to accompany the F0002 and F0009. The filing fee is $525.

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2. What is a Registered Agent?

Answer:
A person or business designated to receive important mailed documents or service of process on behalf of a company. In Mississippi this person must be a Mississippi Resident or a Registered Corporation. A list is available on the web under - View Registered Agent List.

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3. What is needed to reinstate my corporation?

Answer:
Corporations that have been administratively dissolve or revoked will need to file all delinquent annual reports. You can call the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office to get a Reinstatement Pack (Form F0022). On of the requirement is to contact the Mississippi State Tax Commission for a Set-A-Side Letter. File an Application For Reinstatement, the Set-A-Side Letter, the Delinquent Annual Reports and pay the appropriate Fees.

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4. What is the difference between an “S” and “C” Corporation?

Answer:
S & C is referred to as a tax designations that are determined by the Internal Revenue Service. We suggest that you contact your accountant or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at www.irs.gov.

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5. How do I change officers on my Corporation?

Answer:
Officers’ changes can be made when filing the Corporate Annual Report. The Annual Report may be filed online at www.sos.ms.gov or by requesting a paper copy.

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6. How long does it take for my document to be processed?

Answer:
From the time documents are received in the office it takes 24-48 hours for documents to be processed. Once the document is filed it is available on the website.

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7. What entities are responsible for filing an Annual Report?

Answer:
All business corporations and all Limited Liability Companies doing business in Mississippi  must file an annual report. These reports can easily be filed online. Those links can be found on the home page of this website.

It is not mandatory for Nonprofits to file Corporate Annual Reports. However, Nonprofits may be required, upon request, to file a Nonprofit Status Report. They can also file this Report voluntarily at any time. It is an excellent way to update the Nonprofits information. Any Nonprofit wishing to file this Report should use form F0088 on the Fees and Forms page of this website.

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8. Can an incorporator be removed from the articles of incorporation?

Answer:
No, an incorporator can not be removed. You can only remove officers.

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