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Creating an LLC in Arizona

Arizona is considered 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 desert-like climate, Arizona’s economy includes tourism as one of the main sectors. Built on the cotton trade, fruit growing, cattle ranching and copper mining, Arizona industry 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.

For most business owners, the fastest and easiest way to start a business in Arizona is by creating an Arizona LLC. A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a type of business entity that’s ideal for startups and small- to medium-sized businesses. You get the advantages and protections of larger Arizona corporations but with much simpler rules and regulations.

Briefly, the benefits of starting an Arizona LLC include:

  • Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
  • Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulations and administration of your Arizona LLC
  • Easy tax filing and potential advantages for tax treatment

Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to form an LLC in Arizona, including business searches with the Arizona Secretary of State, how to get Arizona business licenses, LLC applications in Arizona, AZ LLC registration, LLC forms, assigning a statutory agent and much more.

Six Quick Steps to Form an LLC in Arizona

This guide has plenty of information on how to start an LLC in Arizona, but you can break down the basics of creating a business in AZ into just a few simple steps.

More Information from the Arizona Corporation Commission

In addition to what you’ll find in this guide, the AZ Corporation Commission has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Arizona.

Special Types of Arizona LLCs

A regular Arizona LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.

What to Do After Forming Your LLC

Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Arizona? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to understanding your ongoing requirements, setting up new bank accounts, protecting your business name, getting accounting in place and more.

Learn More About Arizona LLCs

You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:

Arizona Business Search and Naming

How to search the Arizona business registry of the AZ Corporation Commission and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving an Arizona LLC name and more.

Arizona Statutory Agents for LLCs

How to appoint an Arizona Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching for Arizona Registered Agents.

Fees and Requirements for Your Arizona LLC

How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and Arizona rules. Includes details of Employee Identification Numbers (EINs), Arizona and federal business licenses, Arizona annual reports and more.

Business Taxes for Your Arizona LLC

How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Arizona government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Arizona taxes like sales tax and income tax.

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