To Start an LLC in Arizona, Follow the Simple Steps Listed Below:

STEP 1: Name your LLC

This is the first and most important step in starting your LLC. Do some research to make sure the name you choose is suited to your business venture and is easily searchable by potential clients.

  1. Follow the naming guidelines: Your entity name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. Restricted words require additional paperwork (e.g. Banc, Bank, Banque, etc) and/or licensed individuals (e.g. Doctor, Engineer, etc). to be part of the LLC. Prohibited words are those that would confuse the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency e.g. FBI, Secret Service, Treasury etc.
  2. Is the name available? Make sure the name isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Arizona website.
  3. Is the URL available? Check to see if the name of your LLC is available so that you can reserve your domain name. Even if you don't plan to make a website today, you may want to buy the domain name in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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STEP 2: Choose a Statutory Agent

You are required to nominate a Statutory Agent for your Arizona LLC

What is a Statutory Agent? A statutory agent, also known as a registered agent, is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf including annual state filings.

Who can be a Statutory Agent? The statutory agent must be a resident of Arizona or a corporation authorized to transact business in Arizona. You may elect an individual within the company including yourself.

Click here to find out why you may want to use a statutory agent service.

* Recommended: INCFILE.COM provides free registered agent service for the first year as part of their LLC Packages.

STEP 3: File the Articles of Organization

To register your LLC, you will need to file the Articles of Organization with the State of Arizona.

File the Articles of Organization for a Domestic LLC

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Download all 4 PDF's to get started:
Articles of Organization - Domestic LLC Arizona

Statutory Agent Acceptance - Arizona LLC

Manager - or - Member
Structure Attachment - Arizona LLC

Cover Sheet - Arizona LLC

Fee: $50 to file the Articles of Organization and Cover Sheet. Additional $35 for expedited processing.

Follow the instructions on the PDF's.

Important: If you're expanding your existing LLC to the State of Arizona you are forming a Foreign LLC. Learn how.

STEP 4: Notice of Organization

You are required to publish a Notice of Organization for your Arizona LLC

Arizona requires newly formed LLCs to publish a notice of organization for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper in the county in which an LLC’s principal office is located.

What you'll need to file

Upon approval of your articles of incorporation, you will receive information on how to publish from the Arizona Corporation Commission. Arizona LLC’s must comply with this requirement within 60 days of formation.

Approved Newspapers:
Arizona Corporation Commission corporation Division

Fee: Fees vary. Average costs in Maricopa range between $40-$60, which is representative of state’s average. In Yuma, costs rise as high as $200-$300.

Failure to comply with this requirement may result in dissolution or revocation of your LLC

Did you know? Hubsco Publishing can save you time by having a notice of organization published on your behalf.

STEP 5: Create an Operating Agreement

What is an Operating Agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of your LLC. This agreement allows you to form financial/working relationships with co-owners into an established system suitable to your business. An Operating Agreement is not required to form an LLC in Arizona, but is good practice to have one.

* Recommended: We provide a free sample operating agreement however we recommend getting one professional drafted by a lawyer, especially if you are starting a multi-member LLC.

STEP 6: Obtain an EIN

What is an EIN? The Employer Identification Number (EIN), or Federal Tax Identification Number, is used to identify a business entity. It is essentially a social security number for the company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN is required for the following:

  • To open a business bank account for the company
  • For Federal and State tax purposes
  • To hire employees for the company

Where do I get an EIN? An EIN is obtained from the IRS (free of charge) by the business owner after forming the company. This can be done by one of two ways:

* Important: An EIN is obtained after the LLC is formed. Obtaining an EIN registers the company for federal taxes.

Not sure where to start?

Read our Starting a Business Guide
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Six Key Steps
After Forming A Business

1. Separate Personal Assets from the LLC

Opening a business bank account is an important first step, as it:

  • Separates your personal assets from your company's assets, which is necessary for personal asset protection.
  • Makes accounting and tax filing easier.

Getting a business credit card allows you to:

  • Separate personal and business expenses.
  • Build your company's credit history, which can be useful to raise money for your company later.

2. Accounting

Set up your accounting system early to manage your finances and avoid future complications. It's important for many reasons including:

  • Tracking the financial wellbeing of your business, including bills, expenses and income.
  • Also makes filing your tax returns a lot easier.

Bookkeeping and accounting can be frustrating for many people but the right accounting software can make the process simple and hassle-free.

* Recommended: Try Xero Small Business Accounting Software for free, with an easy mobile app to manage your finances on-the-go.

3. Register Your LLC for Arizona State Tax

Do I need to register for State taxes?

- If you have hired employees in Arizona, you will need to register for Arizona payroll taxes, which include:

  • State Income Tax Withholding on behalf of your Employees
  • Unemployment Compensation Tax

How to register for Arizona Payroll Taxes?

To register for Arizona payroll tax and sales tax, file an Arizona Joint Tax Application (JT-1) with the Arizona Departments of Revenue and Economic Security. You can register online by creating an account with aztaxes.gov.

- If you are selling a product in Arizona, you will likely need to register for the Arizona transaction privilege tax (TPT), which is similar to a sales tax.

To determine whether this tax applies to your business, visit the Arizona Department of Revenue’s TPT overview and list of business activities subject to TPT.

Additional state taxes may apply depending upon your business or industry. More information about Arizona business taxes can be found here.

4. Obtain Business Licenses & Permits

Do I need business licenses and permits?

To operate your LLC you must comply with federal, state, and local government regulations. For example, restaurants likely need health permits, building permits, signage permits, etc.

Find out how to obtain necessary licenses and permits for your business:

The details of business licenses and permits vary from state to state. Make sure you read carefully. Don't be surprised if there are short classes required as well.

Fees for business licenses and permits will vary depending on what sort of license you are seeking to obtain.

5. Get Insurance

What is Workers Compensation Insurance? This form of insurance is required for most businesses with employees, but varies by State. Click here to learn more.

What is General Liability Insurance? This is an important service, but is not required in most States. Click here to learn why.

How much will the right insurance cost you? Click here to find out.

6. Employee Hiring Compliance

Once a business decides to hire employees, certain legal obligations are required, such as:

  • Ensuring that potential employees are eligible to work in the US
  • Reporting employees as "new hires" to the State
  • Providing workers compensation insurance for employees
  • Withholding income taxes
  • Printing compliance posters and place in a conspicuous location
  • Ensuring payment of employees in specific increments as required by the state

Find out more at Industrial Commision of Arizona and Arizona Department of Economic Security

A great resource for posting jobs and finding qualified employees is Indeed.com

How to Start a Business in Arizona

5 easy steps to starting a business in Arizona.
We have a far more detailed guide - How to Start a Business which will go over the points in more details.

  1. Identify a suitable business idea that works for you - Check out our Business Ideas Tool.
  2. Critically analyze your idea with our Lean Business Model Canvas Tool. You can then go on to create a full business plan with our Free Online Business Plan Tool.
  3. Formally organize your Business into a company. An LLC is the most popular way to structure your business. Learn how to Form your LLC in Arizona.
  4. Complete important key steps after formation such as acquiring business licences & permits, registering for state taxes, and opening a business bank account.
  5. Build your website and develop your brand. Learn more about marketing and brand establishment.

How to Maintain Your LLC

What is an annual report?

Many states require LLCs to file an annual or biennial report. These reports typically include basic information about your business and involve a filing fee.

Do I need to file an annual report for my Arizona LLC?

No, Arizona does not require an LLC to file an Annual Report.

Foreign LLC in Arizona

If you have an existing LLC and want to register to do business in Arizona, you will need to form a foreign LLC.

Download all 4 PDF's to register a foreign LLC in Arizona:

Application for Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company

Statutory Agent Acceptance Form

Cover Sheet

Manager - OR - Member
Structure Attachment - Arizona LLC

A Certificate of Good Standing from the State the LLC was formed in.

Fee: Nonrefundable $150.00. For expedited filing add $35.00. — Follow the instructions on the PDF.

Benefits of Forming a Foreign LLC
The major benefit of becoming a foreign corporation is that it allows your company to operate as one entity in many jurisdictions. For example, if you originally incorporate your LLC the State of Delaware, you can file your existing domestic LLC as a foreign corporation in other states.