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  • Writer's pictureShanan Mohatt

How to form an LLC in Arizona

Here are the steps to form an LLC (Limited Liability Company) in Arizona:

  1. Choose a name for your LLC: The first step in forming an LLC in Arizona is to choose a name for your LLC. The name should not already be in use by another business entity in Arizona. You can check the availability of a name on the Arizona Corporation Commission website.

  2. File Articles of Organization: The next step is to file Articles of Organization with the Arizona Corporation Commission. You can file online, by mail, or in person. The Articles of Organization should include the name and address of your LLC, the name and address of the LLC's registered agent, and the names and addresses of the LLC's members.

  3. Appoint a registered agent: An LLC must appoint a registered agent in Arizona. A registered agent is the person or entity responsible for receiving legal and other important documents on behalf of the LLC. The registered agent must have a physical address in Arizona.

  4. Create an Operating Agreement: An LLC operating agreement is a legal document that outlines the ownership and operating procedures of the LLC. Although not required by law, an operating agreement is strongly recommended for all LLCs. It can help to protect the limited liability status of the LLC and clarify the roles and responsibilities of the members.

  5. Obtain any necessary business licenses: Depending on the nature of your LLC's business, you may need to obtain one or more business licenses or permits from the state of Arizona or local government agencies. You can check with the Arizona Commerce Authority for information on the licenses and permits required for your type of business.

  6. File an annual report: All LLCs in Arizona must file an annual report with the Arizona Corporation Commission. The annual report includes information about the LLC's business activities and any changes to the LLC's members or management.

  7. Obtain an EIN: If your LLC has more than one member, it must obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. An EIN is a unique nine-digit number used to identify the LLC for tax purposes.

By following these steps, you can successfully form an LLC in Arizona. It is always a good idea to consult with an attorney or tax professional to ensure that you have completed all the necessary steps and have complied with all applicable laws and regulations.

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