How to Incorporate in Arizona

To incorporate in Arizona you must file Articles of Incorporation with the Arizona Corporations Commission and pay the $60 filing fee. Articles of Incorporation list basic information about your Arizona corporation: name of your company, address of your principal business office, the physical address of your registered agent in Arizona. When you start a corporation in Arizona, you issue stock to shareholders in exchange for an initial contribution to the Arizona corporation. Shareholders appoint a board of directors and initial corporate officers.

What will it cost to incorporate in Arizona?

$60 Arizona articles of incorporation filing fee.

What are the costs involved in forming an Arizona LLC?

Arizona LLC articles of organization will cost $50.

How long will it take to get my Arizona incorporation or Arizona LLC processed?

Start a business in Arizona by filing with the AZCC. It will take the Arizona Corporation Commission about 20 business days to process your articles of incorporation if you file via paper.  If you pay an extra $35 to the state they will process your incorporation in 9 business days.

Do I need to reserve a name before I can incorporate in Arizona?

No, Arizona doesn’t require name reservations. You can use our free business name search online to see if your name is available for use.

What are the Arizona business taxes?

When you incorporate in Arizona, you will subject yourself to Arizona corporate net income tax rates of 6.96% of your net taxable income. Often a great choice for Arizona incorporation is to elect to be treated as an Arizona S corporation so you can pay your business taxes at the personal net income tax rate.  Arizona has net personal income tax rates of 2.59% to 4.54%.

The average Arizona sales tax rate is 7.92% (the state has a 5.6% tax, but the average local tax is 2.32% making a total of 7.92%).

Typically, Arizona corporations will file tax returns personally to avoid the corporate income tax, as you can see paying corporate income tax can be totally avoided if the corporation elects S corp status, which is often a huge advantage to incorporating in Arizona. You are automatically treated as an Arizona C corporation, but you can elect to be treated as an S corporation with the IRS and Arizona. We can file the S corporation election with the IRS for you, or your Arizona CPA can. You can file all your Arizona business taxes online.

When does your Arizona business incorporation service include?

  • Drafting custom articles for an Arizona LLC or corporation.
  • The Arizona incorporator initial resolution for a corporation, or organizer if Arizona LLC.
  • Ratified Arizona corporate bylaws, or operating agreement if Arizona LLC.
  • The state of Arizona incorporation filing fees.
  • Statutory agent service in Arizona.
  • We will list our Arizona office address as the principle, mailing, and statutory office if wanted.
  • Our fees are: $100 Arizona incorporation service and $125 Arizona registered agent service.
  • All for a total of only $275 for an Arizona LLC or $285 for an Arizona corporation.

Can you form a benefit corporation in Arizona?

Yes, absolutely. If you want to start a corporation in Arizona that will allow you to allocate some amount of profits to an environmental or public benefit, you can. We’ve even created Arizona benefit corporation Articles of Incorporation you can use to start a b corp in Arizona.

What am I going to be looking at for ongoing fees to Arizona?

After you form an Arizona corporation, the Arizona Corporation Commission requires an annual report be filed yearly on the anniversary of the date of your incorporation. Annual reports in Arizona for profit corporations will cost $45, plus late penalties or reinstatement fees that may be applicable. No annual reports are due for Arizona LLC filings.