Should you form your LLC in Arizona? We've collected the relevant information that will help you make this decision.

Pros

  • Low cost of living
  • Low cost of doing business
  • Home to one of the top 20 metro areas in US

Cons

  • Owner disclosure in original filing

Cost of doing business

  • $50 filing fee / $0 annual statement

Privacy

  • Owner disclosure in original filing

Forming an LLC in Arizona

The name
In order to communicate to the public that your new business is an LLC, its official name will need to end with one of the following signifiers “Limited liability company”,  “Limited Company”, “LC”, “L.C”, “LLC”, or “L.L.C.” In addition, it is required that the name of your business is not intentionally misleading to consumers, for any reason. Your company’s new name must also be completely unique, and not deceptively similar to any other organizations name or trademarks. There are also restrictions on the use of the word “association” and certain terms common to the financial industry. Do a FREE name search now.

Ownership 

The owners of an LLC are called “members.” The following information must be required regarding your LLCs members:

  • Required number of members
    Arizona LLCs must have at least one member or manager listed in their incorporation documents.
  • Age restrictions
    LLC members in Arizona may be of any age.
  • Residence restrictions
    There are no residence restrictions imposed on LLC members in Arizona.
  • What information needs to be included in the Articles of Organization?
    Outside of the principal member, LLC Members in Arizona are not required to list their name or addresses in their Articles of Organization.

Requirements for the Articles of Organization

The Articles of Organization is a document that must be filed during the LLC formation process in every state. Here is the information that must be included in this document when filing in Arizona:

Registered agent information
All Arizona LLCs must have a registered agent on file, and submit their name and address (which cannot be a PO box). This agent will be required to be accessible during standard business hours, and act as the state’s point of contact with the company. Learn more about registered agents.

Additional Arizona filing requirements

Many states have steps in the LLC formation process that are unique to that state. These can also vary at the municipality or county level as well. Here are the steps required throughout all of Arizona:

Public notice requirements
LLCs in Arizona are required to publish a notice of their incorporation in a local newspaper within 60 days of incorporating. This notice must run for three consecutive issues of the chosen publication.

If your business is a professional practice
Professional service companies are permitted to form as professional limited liability companies (PLLCs) in Arizona.

Arizona LLC taxation and fee requirements

There are several tax and fee requirements that must be addressed by LLCs in Arizona. They are as follows:

Taxation
All states have complex taxation requirements. For more information regarding taxes in Arizona it is advised that you visit the state’s official business related website. 

Annual report requirements
LLCs in Arizona are not required to file an annual report.

Tax identification numbers
Arizona requires an EIN (employee identification number) for all LLCs that will have employees, and most banks will require one to open accounts. Arizona does not require LLCs to obtain state tax ID numbers. Learn more about EINs.

Business license requirements

The business licenses and permits required in Arizona vary wildly depending on the county or municipality in which your new LLC is located. If you would like to see more in-depth information on licenses and permits, please feel free to visit the content in our learning library that covers business licenses and permits.

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