Starting A Business In Arizona
Starting a business in Arizona is easy. All you need to do is file a few forms with the AZ Corporation Commission and start running your business. Below, we show you how to get started and walk you through some of your options.
One option is, of course, to stop reading and just hire us to start your business for you. At Northwest, we form businesses and provide registered agent service throughout the US. That’s our business, and obviously we recommend starting your business in a certain way. We call it “Starting a Business the Right Way."
Starting your business the right way means hiring a registered agent to form your LLC or corporation so you can protect your privacy and receive the care your business needs to stay active. If you hire us to start your Arizona business, we’ll be your registered agent, provide Privacy by Default®, a business address, mail forwarding and local Corporate Guide® service for life.
How to Start a Business in Arizona
You file articles of incorporation for an Arizona corporation or articles of organization for an Arizona LLC with the AZ Corporations Commission.
You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Arizona showing your approved Arizona business.
Opening a business banking account under your new Arizona business name should be easy with these items.
If you’re going to have employees or need to withhold sales tax, you will probably need to register with the AZ department of revenue. We provide all these links in your online account.
If your business trade requires a license, you’ll have to apply for a license with the Arizona licensing board. (Most businesses don’t.) But if you do, these quick links and contact details are in your online account. Some local cities or counties have a general license, but most don’t. You obtain a local trade license if the city or county you’re going to be working in requires it.
If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.
If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.
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If you want to start a business in Arizona yourself, you can just hire us as your Arizona registered agent, and you’ll instantly have the Arizona LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate an Arizona corporation or form a Arizona LLC. You’ll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a professional Arizona statutory agent service.START YOUR ARIZONA BUSINESS TODAY
Arizona LLC vs. Corporation
Small business owners are attracted to LLCs because they offer flexible management structures and great tax options. Also, they often have fewer annual requirements, which makes them easier to maintain. Corporations work best for larger, fast-growing companies. Having the option to offer a variety of stocks is attractive for investors.
What about Arizona specifically? Are there pros and cons for an Arizona LLC vs an Arizona corporation?
Overall, an Arizona LLC is the clear winner, at least when it comes to paperwork and fees. Unlike Arizona corporations, LLCs aren’t required to file an annual report—saving them $45 per year! When forming your business in Arizona, the paperwork required for both entities are fairly similar. However, the filing fee for LLCs is less than corporations—$50 vs $60. Additionally, corporations are required to submit a Certificate of Disclosure, which requires your business to disclose very personal information about your directors, officers, trustees and incorporators—including felonies, bankruptcies, injunctions and judgments. LLCs are not required to submit this form.
If you want a corporation, you file Arizona Articles of Incorporation:
To form an Arizona corporation, you file Arizona Articles of Incorporation. The Arizona articles of incorporation cost $60 with the Arizona Division of Corporations. We custom draft your Arizona articles of incorporation. The requirements for Arizona corporationsare:
- The Arizona corporation must have a corporate ending such as incorporated, corporation or an abbreviation thereof.
- The duration of the corporation is “perpetual” unless otherwise stated.
- The purpose of the Arizona corporation.
- The number of shares the Arizona corporation is authorized to issue.
- The name of the registered agent in Arizona and the registered office address.
- The name and address of the directors of the Arizona corporation.
- The name and address of the Arizona incorporators.
- Date of execution.
- The Arizona incorporator must sign the Articles of Incorporation.
- The name and business address of the person preparing the AZ articles of incorporation.
- Certificate of disclosure.
Arizona does not require original signatures on filings. The stamped form will be mailed to the address of the person who filed the documents.
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If you want an LLC, you file Arizona Articles of Organization:
To form an Arizona LLC, you file Arizona Articles of Organization. The basic requirements of Arizona LLC filings are:
- The business name must have a limited liability company ending or variation of it such as LLC, L.L.C.
- The Arizona business name must be different than already registered Arizona businesses.
- The duration of the Arizona LLC (usually perpetual.)
- Arizona limited liability companies must state a purpose.
- The Arizona registered agent and the physical address.
- The names and addresses of the initial member(s), and organizer, if any.
- If the AZ limited liability company is to be managed by one or more managers, you must list the names and addresses of the AZ LLC managers.
- Someone must sign as the AZ LLC organizer.
- Name, address and phone number of the person that prepared the form.
Arizona does not require original signatures on filings. The stamped form will be mailed to the Arizona corporate agent.