How to Start a Business in Arizona (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in arizona
Looking to start your business in Arizona?  If YES, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in Arizona. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Arizona.

Clicking on each of the step opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in Arizona

Agency ResponsibleArizona Corporations Commission – Corporation Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organisation (Form L010.002)
ModeMail, online or in-person
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $45 (Online)
Filing FeeFiling: $50
Publishing Fee: ~$250
TimeNormal Processing: 2 months
Expedited Processing: 2 weeks ($35 extra)
LawArizona Statutes §§ 29-631



Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Statutory Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organisation (Form L010.002).
  5. Create an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Fulfill the relevant publication requirement set forth by Arizona Corporations Commission (ref).
  8. Obtain relevant licenses and permits


How to Start a Corporation in Arizona


Agency ResponsibleArizona Corporations Commission – Corporation Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation (Form C010i)
ModeMail, online or in-person
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $45 (Online)
Filing FeeFiling: $60
Publishing Fee: ~$250
TimeNormal Processing: 2 months
Expedited Processing: 2 weeks ($35 extra)
LawArizona Statutes §10-202



Summary:

  1. Conduct Business Entity Search on ACC website
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Statutory Agent
  4. Articles of Incorporation (Form C010i)
  5. Fulfill the relevant publication requirement set forth by Arizona Corporations Commission (ref).
  6. Create Corporate Bylaws
  7. Get an EIN Number



References:
https://www.azleg.gov/arsDetail/?title=29
https://www.azleg.gov/ars/29/00635.htm
https://law.justia.com/codes/arizona/2005/title10/title10.html
https://codes.findlaw.com/az/title-10-corporations-and-associations/

Last fact-checked on 24/07/2018

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