How to Form an LLC in Arizona

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There are many choices to make when starting a business, but one of the most important is choosing a business structure. This choice will affect all other aspects of the business, including taxation and your possible personal liability for business dealings.

Each business structure has its pros and cons, but a good choice for small businesses is the limited liability company (LLC). An LLC avoids the double taxation that corporations are subject to, while also shielding the owners from personal liability for the debts of the business.

Arizona LLC Formation Requirements

An LLC is formed in Arizona by submitting Articles of Organization to the Arizona Corporation Commission. The Articles must contain the following:

  • The LLC's name and address;
  • The duration of the LLC;
  • The names and addresses of the LLC's members or managers; and
  • The name, address, and signature of the LLC's statutory agent (called a registered agent in most other states).

You can conveniently find the required forms to file on your own by checking out FindLaw's Arizona LLC Formation Package.

How to Form an LLC in Arizona: The Basics

Although most states have similar steps for forming LLCs, it's important to look up the exact procedure in the state where you'll be forming your LLC. In the table that follows, you can find an overview of the necessary steps to form an Arizona LLC as well as links to applicable statutes and government agencies.

Statute(s) Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 29, Chapter 4, Section 29-601, et seq. (Arizona Limited Liability Company Act)
Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

In order to form an Arizona LLC, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Choose an available name that also includes "limited liability company," "limited company," or an abbreviation of these.
  2. File Articles of Organization with the Arizona Corporation Commission and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Appoint a statutory agent, which is the individual or business entity that will accept legal papers on behalf of the LLC.
  4. Make sure to comply with Arizona's tax and licensing requirements.
  5. Comply with the publication requirements within 60 days of approval of the filing.
State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation

The Arizona Corporation Commission is the government entity in charge of business organizations in the state.

Related Statute(s)

Arizona Revised Statutes:

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

How to Form an LLC in Arizona: Related Resources

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Learn More About How to Start an LLC in Arizona: Talk to an Attorney

Even though the information and links above provide a clear outline on how to start an LLC in Arizona, nothing is more comforting that having the help of an experienced professional. If you have questions about Arizona LLCs or would like some help starting one, it's a good idea to speak with a skilled business organizations attorney near you.

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