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How to File Arizona LLC Articles of Organization

A lot goes into the conception and planning of a new business. It is the Articles of Organization that make the Arizona LLC official. Being prepared before sitting down to complete the application will help you finish it efficiently.

First, have all of the required information handy. You will be asked for the following information:

  • The name and address of the Arizona LLC
  • The name and address of the registered agent
  • Whether it is manager managed or member managed

(Will LLC be managed by a manager(s) or by all of the members of the LLC?  A structure management form needs to be included with the Articles application.  Links to these forms are provided on the Articles application.)

  • Whether it is a professional or regular LLC

(A professional LLC is formed by people who will provide licensed professional services.)

Second, the cost of filing the Articles of Organization is $50  for regular processing or $85 for expedited processing, so have a credit card or check ready to go.

Finally, processing time varies from week to week.   If you’re in a hurry, consider the online option. Standard processing (hardcopy) will take 30 business days or less. Expedited processing typically takes five days or less.  Processing times are updated weekly, and the updates can be accessed here.

 

Filing Options

When filing the Articles of Organization, use one of the four methods below. Note that for security reasons emailed applications are not accepted.

Online

To file online you must first set up an eCorp account which can be accessed here. Online filings must be paid for immediately and are non-refundable. A benefit of applying online is quick processing.

Mail

An application needs to be accompanied by a cover page and payment. Payment can be made by check or money order, payable to Arizona Corporation Commission. Temporary checks or checks drawn on non-U.S. banks will not be accepted. Payment can also be made through money-on-deposit (MOD) accounts.

The Articles of Organization application can be sent to the following address:

Arizona Corporation Commission

Corporate Filings Section

1300 W. Washington St.

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Fax

For a hard copy of the application and cover letter, click on the links above. Applications can be faxed to 602-542-4100.

In Person

For a hard copy of the application and cover letter,  click on the link above. Articles can be filed in the following location:

Arizona Corporation Commission

Corporate Filings Section

1300 W. Washington St.

Phoenix, AZ  85007

 

Want Help Filing Your Articles of Organization?

If you decide to use your time building your business rather than completing paperwork, but don’t want to spend the money on an attorney, an LLC formation service is a great compromise.

Lots of services are out there but do vary in perks offered, processing times (theirs, not the state’s), and price.

In general, a service will collect and review your information, prepare the documents, and send them to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The ACC will send either a letter of approval or instructions on how to resubmit if the application is denied.

One additional benefit offered by some services is a free year of statutory agent service. Others offer order tracking or notifications of future legal requirements needed with the state.

After reviewing all the top LLC services available, we found IncFile and Northwest Registered Agent the best overall options. While neither of them have the high brand power of the industry giant, LegalZoom, both services have great customer support, prices and offer a free registered agent.

 

(Post Formation Checklist) After LLC Formation

After you have filed the formation documents with the state, it’s important not to overlook a few critical details.

Taxes

On the federal level, most LLCs do not pay taxes directly to the government. Instead, they report income and losses on the owner’s personal 1040 tax returns. Schedule C is often used for reporting. Unless the LLC chooses to be taxed as a corporation, a single-member LLC is taxed as a Sole Proprietorship and a multi-member LLC is taxed as a Partnership.

The state of Arizona does not place a tax or fee on LLCs for the privilege of doing business in the state. If the LLC sells merchandise, it will need to pay a sales tax, otherwise known as a Transaction Privilege Tax.

Licensing

A business license is not required by the state of Arizona. However, most cities or municipalities will require a business license. In addition, several other types of licenses or permits may be required depending on the type of business.

If your LLC does sell merchandise and is required to pay the Transaction Privilege Tax, a Transaction Privilege Tax license will be needed. To determine whether your LLC is subject to the tax and the license, contact the Arizona Department of Revenue.

In some cases, a professional or occupational license may be needed before a business can begin operations. Unlike some states, the state government website does not have a list of licensed professions and occupations that are required to obtain a license. An internet search is probably the best way to determine if this license is necessary.

Reporting

Arizona keeps it simple. LLCs are not required to file an annual report.