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With the 16th largest population in the United States, Arizona services both large and small businesses. Arizona's major industries include tourism, mining, and manufacturing. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Arizona's business services.
Forming a Corporation in Arizona
Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Arizona, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation with the Arizona Corporation Commission. We can also assist with many of your follow-up needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing.
Here are some helpful facts about Arizona's incorporation requirements:
Corporate Name Requirements
Arizona requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any domestic, foreign, profit and not-for-profit corporate names, forced fictitious names, as well as limited liability, registered trade and limited liability partnership names. When you incorporate with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Arizona's standards.
Permitted Designations: Arizona's corporate names may be followed by several approved designations, including:
Restricted Designations: The use of certain words and phrases in corporate names is considered "restricted" in Arizona, meaning they require special approval by the state. These include:
- Credit Union
- Trust Company
Prohibited Designations: Arizona prohibits the use of the designation "Limited Liability Company" or any abbreviations of the phrase.
Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of your incorporation filing for you. This information is presented only for your reference.
Required documents: The state of Arizona requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation as well as a Certificate of Disclosure.
Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Arizona is 5-7 business days.
Follow-up filings: Not required.
Minimum number: Corporations are required to have one or more directors.
Director qualifications: The articles of incorporation or bylaws may prescribe director qualifications. Arizona does not require directors to be residents of Arizona unless spelled out in the articles of incorporation or bylaws.
Appearance in articles: Required. At least one director's name and address must appear in the Articles of Incorporation.
Written consent: Permitted. Directors may act in writing in lieu of holding a meeting.
Principal Office Location
Arizona requires a "place of business address" in the state, but permits use of a registered agent.
Time to file: Corporations must file a Corporation Annual Report and Certificate of Disclosure with the Arizona Corporation Commission on or before the anniversary of the date of incorporation.
Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 19 to 20 business days. Expedited turnaround time is between 7 and 10 days and is available for an additional fee.
Signatures: Only company officers are authorized to sign annual reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.
Filing extensions: Permitted. Extensions may not exceed six months.
Forming an LLC in Arizona
Each state has its own set of requirements for businesses that plan on forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) there. If you decide to form an LLC in Arizona, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Organization with the Arizona Corporation Commission. We can also take care of many of your company's follow-up needs, including annual report preparation and filing.
Here are some helpful facts about Arizona's LLC requirements:
LLC Name Requirements
Arizona requires Limited Liability Companies to have names that can't be confused with any corporate names, forced fictitious names, limited partnership names, limited liability company names, registered trade names, and registered limited liability partnership names. When you form your LLC with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Arizona's standards.
Permitted designations: Arizona LLC names may be followed by several approved designations, including:
- Limited Company
- Limited Liability Company
Restricted words: The use of certain words in LLC names is "restricted" in Arizona, meaning special approval by the state is required. These include:
- Credit Union
- Trust Company
Required documents: Companies that wish to form an LLC in Arizona must file Articles of Organization. Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of this filing for you.
Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for forming an LLC in Arizona is 5-7 business days.
Follow-up filing: Not required.
Minimum number: LLCs are required to have one or more managers/members.
Principal Office Location: Arizona requires an LLC's principal office be located inside the state.
Frequency of filing: LLCs in Arizona are not required to file annual reports.
Get Arizona Business Licenses
Before your business can legally begin to operate, you must satisfy its license, permit, and tax registration requirements. Almost all state, county, and local governments require businesses to obtain one or more licenses and permits. Additionally, selling taxable goods and services or hiring employees requires that you register with tax authorities. All business license, permit, and tax registration requirements vary by your industry and location.
Examples of possible licenses required in Arizona:
- Security License
- Lodging Tax License
- Travel Agency License
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