Arizona is ideally located as both a western and a mountain state, sharing borders with four other states and Mexico. Its geography makes it an ideal location for businesses who want to set their sights on expanding further afield.
Famed for its hot, desert-like climate, tourism is one of the main sectors of Arizona's economy. Built on the backbone of industries like cotton, fruit, cattle ranching and copper mining, Arizona's business climate has since expanded to strengthen an increasingly diverse statewide economy. The state is also well-served by universities and has developed a rich culture, including film, music and sports.
You can take advantage of opportunities in Arizona by forming an LLC.
Arizona Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Forming an LLC is fast, easy and inexpensive. LLCs offer many of the protections and advantages of large corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.
Let’s start by looking at the advantages of forming an Arizona LLC.
Advantages of Forming an LLC in Arizona
Arizona LLCs have several benefits for business owners.
Start your Arizona LLC in Six Steps
STEP 1: Name Your Arizona LLC
STEP 2: Provide the Address for Your New Arizona LLC
An Arizona LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), where your office is located or any physical address of your preference — even outside of Arizona. It cannot be a P.O. Box.
STEP 3: Assign a Registered Agent for Your Arizona LLC
Every Arizona LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” That could be you, the managing director, owner or a dedicated registered agent service. The Registered Agent in Arizona is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
In Arizona, Registered Agents are known as “Statutory Agents,” so whenever we refer to “Registered Agents” below, note that we're also talking about Statutory Agents in Arizona.
At Incfile, all of our packages include a Registered Agent service that is free for the first year and just $119 per year thereafter. We also have a dashboard where you can log in and easily view any document your registered agent has received on your behalf. Here are a few reasons you might want to appoint Incfile as your Registered Agent service:
STEP 4: You Should Provide Names and Addresses of all Arizona LLC Members
Your Arizona LLC members are the people who own and run the business. They will be the individuals who withdraw profits from the business to pay themselves. Arizona requires you to list the names and addresses of all managers or members when you register the Arizona LLC. You can register these addresses as street addresses or P.O. Boxes.
STEP 5: You Need to File Articles of Organization With the Arizona Corporation Commission
Once you've gathered all the information together for your LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the Arizona Corporation Commission to create your LLC. This document is known as your Articles of Organization, and filing it starts the process of creating your Arizona LLC. You can do this online, mail in a form or have Incfile do it on your behalf.
STEP 6: You Can Create an Arizona LLC Operating Agreement
Arizona LLCs aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement, but they are extremely useful for several reasons. Your Operating Agreement covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, the rights and duties of members and several other key areas. Learn how to create your Operating Agreement here.
If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile will draft a general Operating Agreement within most of our online business formation packages. It can also be selected as an add-on option in our Silver package. This Operating Agreement will be a basic template that you can make changes to anytime you see fit.
You can find lots more useful information on how to form an LLC here. It answers questions like:
Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps on your behalf, such as filing the Articles of Organization. Our basic package also provides free Registered Agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help starting an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.
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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.
Frequency: No Annual Report is due for LLCs at this time.
Important: Arizona requires that you publish a notice of filing of your Articles of Organization or alternatively, you may publish the Articles of Organization in their entirety. The publication must be in a newspaper in general circulation in the county of the known place of business in Arizona for 3 consecutive publications. The publication must be filed within 60 days of the date of organization. The LLC may be subject to administrative dissolution if it fails to publish.
Where do I publish the document? The A.C.C. does not endorse any particular newspaper, but, as a courtesy they provide a list of newspapers that have attested to the A.C.C. that they meet the statutory criteria for publishing documents. Upon publishing you will receive an Affidavit of Publication. It is not required, but you may send the Affidavit of Publication you receive from the newspaper to the A.C.C. for placement into the entity’s public record. If you do not submit the Affidavit of Publication to the A.C.C. you should retain it as part of your entity’s permanent record.
(We do not assist in the filing of the Publication Requirement)
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