How to Start an LLC in Arkansas
Located in the southern United States, Arkansas is home to over 3 million people. Strong economical sectors in the state include agriculture, manufacturing, forestry and automobiles.
For most business owners, the fastest and easiest way to start a business in Arkansas is by creating an Arkansas 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 Arkansas corporations but with much simpler rules and regulations.
Briefly, the benefits of starting a Arkansas LLC include:
- Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
- Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulation and administration of your Arkansas LLC
- Easy tax filing and potential advantages for your tax treatment
Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.
Six Quick Steps to Forming Your Arkansas LLC
We’ve got lots of useful information on starting a business in AR. On this page you’ll find the basic steps of how to form an Arkansas LLC, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.
STEP 1: Gather Information for Your Members
First, you need to gather basic information about your LLC, including the names and addresses of the managers or members. The LLC members are typically the people who own and run the business. They are also the ones who can take profits out of the business to pay themselves.
STEP 2: Choose a Unique Business Name for Your Arkansas LLC
You will need a distinctive and original name for your LLC that’s not used by any other business in AR. To find out if another company is using your chosen business name, carry out a business entity name search on the AR Secretary of State website.
There are a few rules you’ll need to follow when choosing an LLC name. You can find out more in our guide to naming your Arkansas LLC.
Learn about Arkansas LLC business naming rules.
STEP 3: Provide an Official Address for Your AR LLC
Every Arkansas LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), your company’s office building or any physical address of your preference. The address must be inside the state of Arkansas, but it cannot be a P.O. Box.
STEP 4: Assign a Arkansas Registered Agent
Every AR LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” This is an official position; the Registered Agent is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Arkansas Secretary of State.
This position can be filled by you, another manager in the business or a dedicated Registered Agent service. Your Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Arkansas and must be present to receive important documents for your company during business hours.
At Incfile, all of our packages include a Arkansas Registered Agent service that is free for the first year and just $119 per year afterward. We also have a dashboard where you can log in and easily view any document your Registered Agent has received on your behalf.
Learn more about Arkansas Registered Agents.
STEP 5: Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service
You will need an EIN to identify your business with the IRS. You use this number when filing and paying taxes or when submitting payroll information and payments for your employees. You can obtain one directly from the IRS, or we can get one for you as part of the Arkansas LLC business formation process.
STEP 6: File Articles of Organization with the Arkansas Secretary of State
Once you've gathered all the information for your LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the AR Secretary of State. This document is known as your “Articles of Organization,” and filing the document creates your Arkansas LLC. Here’s what is typically included:
- Your business name and address
- Details of your Registered Agent
- Name of the incorporator
You can file your Arkansas LLC Articles of Organization online, mail in a form or have Incfile do it on your behalf. There is a fee to file and start an LLC in Arkansas, but you only need to file your Articles of Organization once.
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Other Information from the Arkansas Secretary of State
These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in Arkansas, but the Secretary of State has plenty of additional information. Try these resources below:
Special Types of Arkansas LLCs
A regular Arkansas LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.
Arkansas Series LLCs
In Arkansas, you also have the option to set up a “Series LLC” — these are specialized LLCs designed to allow you to manage multiple separate LLCs under one master, umbrella LLC. These can be very useful if you don’t want to set up a separate Arkansas LLC for every individual business you run.
Decide if an Arkansas Series LLC is right for your new business
Professional Arkansas LLCs
Some states, including Arkansas, allow certain occupations to form “Professional LLCs.” These types of businesses typically have special requirements and licensing. Arkansas does not specifically state the professions that can form a professional LLC.
Foreign LLC in Arkansas
If your business is already operating in another state and expanding to Arkansas, you’ll need to form a foreign LLC.
More information on Arkansas filing and licensing requirements here
What to Do After Forming Your Arkansas LLC
Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Arkansas? 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.
Other Information in This Guide
You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:
How to search the Arkansas business registry of the Secretary of State and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a Arkansas LLC name and more.
How to appoint a Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching forArkansas Registered Agents.
How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and Arkansas rules. Includes details of Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), Arkansas and federal business licenses, annual reports and more.
How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Arkansas government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Arkansas taxes like sales tax and income tax.