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How to File Arkansas LLC Articles of Organization

Arkansas LLC Articles of OrganizationA lot goes into the conception and planning of a new small business. It is the Articles of Organization that make the Arkansas 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:

  • Name and address of the Arkansas LLC
  • Name and address of registered agent.
  • Manager’s Statement (If management is vested in a manager.)
  • Name(s) and signature(s) of the organizer(s)
  • Officers’ name(s) (This can be an individual or business name.)
  • Submitter contact information (Indicates where a copy of the documents will be returned.)
  • Annual Report contact information

Second, the cost of filing the Articles of Organization is $45 (online) or $50 (hard copy), so have a credit card or check ready to go.

Finally, processing time varies depending on which option you choose. If you’re in a hurry, consider submitting the application online or in person.  If submitting in person, processing can usually be done while you wait. Otherwise processing typically takes place within two days of receipt of the application.

 

Filing Options

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

Online

In order to complete an online application, your application will be filed as of the date of your online filing. If you wish to have a delayed effective date, it needs to be within 90 days of filing.

If you are filing for a company that performs medical professional services, you must have on file a certificate or card issued to your company by the medical board before filing the Articles application.

Mail

Application and payment can be sent to:

Arkansas Secretary of State

Business and Commercial Services Division

Suite 250, Victory Building

1401 West Capitol Avenue

Little Rock, AR  72201

Processing time is usually within two days of receipt. The cost for filing a hard copy of the application is $50.

In Person

For a hard copy, click on the link above and deliver to the following location:

Arkansas Secretary of State

Business and Commercial Services Division

Suite 250, Victory Building

1401 West Capitol Avenue

Little Rock, AR  72201

Processing can typically be done while you wait.

 

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 creation website 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 Business and Commercial Services Division of the Arkansas Secretary of State. They will contact you when the Articles of Organization have been filed.

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

After reviewing all the popular LLC services online, we found IncFile and Northwest Registered Agent the best overall options. While neither of them have as high brand power as 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 and Reporting

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.

In the state of Arkansas, LLCs are required to pay a franchise tax of $150 (often referred to as a privilege tax in other states). The tax is paid in conjunction with the filing of an annual report. This is known as the Annual LLC Franchise Tax Report.

If submitting online, you can pay with a credit card which includes a $5 processing fee or electronic check which includes a $3 processing fee.

If submitting in person or by mail, direct the following hard copy form along with payment to:

Arkansas Secretary of State

Business and Commercial Services Division

P.O. Box 8014

Little Rock, Arkansas 72203

The franchise tax is due on or before May 1. Companies that do not receive a franchise fee tax form by March 20 are required to make a written request for the form, sent to the above address, or download the PDF. A $25 plus interest late penalty will be applied if the tax is received after May 1. It generally takes between two and three weeks for the Franchise Tax Report to process.

Licensing

Professional licenses may be needed depending on the type of business you are starting. To determine if a license is needed visit https://portal.arkansas.gov/.

Required business licenses are issued by the the city or municipality where the business is located. To determine if you need to obtain a license, contact the local government.

Certificate of Good Standing

Certificates of Good Standing are issued by the Arkansas Secretary of State. The certificate certifies that a company is in compliance with all state requirements. The cost is $25. Certificates are available for downloading for 48 hours from the time of purchase.