Business Structure, Filings, and Intellectual Property

The structure your business assumes is important in determining your liabilities and limitations.  Depending on the type of business structure you choose, additional paperwork may be required to establish your business in Texas.

The Texas Secretary of State is the responsible agency for business filings and entity creation.  Visit their website for more information on the different types of business structures, search for a business name, and file for the creation of a corporation.

You may also be required to file State Franchise taxes, sales taxes or other types of tax.  Visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for more information

The Comptroller's Texas Business Advisor is an excellent resource for some of the nuances of starting and running a business.

Are you creating something new?  You may want to have your product or service protected by a patent.  Visit the US Patent and Trademark Office to learn more information about patents in general and be able to search for a patent.

If you are creating a new business name, you may want to trademark your logo, slogan, or tag line.