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Arizona LLC FAQs

  • How much can businesses save with Rocket Legal+?

    Businesses can save up to $2,500 per year with a Rocket Legal+™ membership. This calculation is based on total savings on an initial business registration and registered agent, trademark, and business tax filing services for Rocket Legal+ members (a total cost of $924.97) compared to Rocket Legal members (a total cost of $1,949.96). This is in addition to savings on the average cost of 5 hours for document preparation by a non-Rocket Lawyer network attorney at the average attorney hourly rate in the U.S. of $300 (an estimated cost of $1,500 when purchased without any form of Rocket Lawyer membership) compared to unlimited use of customizable business documents for both Rocket Legal+ and Rocket Legal members at no extra cost.

  • What is an LLC?

    LLCs are a type of business entity that have the key benefit of providing liability protection to its owners (referred to as members). This means the members’ personal assets are generally safeguarded against the company’s debts or legal disputes, except in cases where they may be personally liable under other laws. 

    Arizona defines an LLC as “an entity that is formed under this chapter or that becomes subject to this chapter under article 10 of this chapter or section 29-3110" (Arizona Revised Statute Title 29). That means an LLC in Arizona is a company created within the state or a company that becomes subject to Arizona’s state regulations surrounding LLCs (Title 29, Chapter 7). 

    LLCs are popular among business owners because they offer flexibility and simplicity in managing their operations. Owners have the option to decide whether the company will be managed by its members or by appointed managers. Additionally, compared to corporations, LLCs typically have fewer legal compliance requirements and a more straightforward operational structure. 

    Finally, LLCs allow business owners to pay taxes for business income as part of their individual taxes, although LLC owners may elect to pay their business taxes as a separate entity, similar to how a corporation is taxed. This can give business owners more flexibility to choose the tax classification that is right for them as they grow and evolve their business. 

  • Will starting an LLC protect my personal assets?

    LLCs can protect your personal assets against business debts and lawsuits in many cases, as long as you take careful steps to separate your business and personal affairs and maintain compliance.

    Here are some common ways to separate your affairs and stay compliant:

    • Take care to maintain separate bank accounts.
    • Keep your personal and business assets separate.
    • Keep records of your business matters.
    • Formally document business decisions.
    • Conduct business under your business name.

    If you don't maintain your compliance obligations or fail to properly separate your business and personal matters, then you may be opening yourself up to personal liability for business activities or responsibilities.

  • Why should I register for an Arizona LLC?

    You may want to register for an LLC in Arizona when:

    • You own or want to start a business in Arizona, or want to expand an existing business into Arizona, and want to stay legally compliant. 
    • You own or want to start a business, and want more flexibility on how you will manage the business or pay taxes than a corporation would provide.
    • You want to protect your personal assets from potential liability resulting from business you conduct in the state of Arizona. 
    • You own or want to start a business, and want to register in Arizona to open accounts, lease or buy property, secure funding, or hire employees.
  • How do I start an LLC in Arizona?

    There are a few steps required to start your LLC in Arizona, including:

    • Find a unique name for your LLC. Arizona has a few requirements on business names, including a requirement to be unique. You can search the state of Arizona's database of business entities in the state to ensure your business' name is unique. Rocket Lawyer can also help you identify a unique name when you register your business.
    • Provide an Arizona address that will be used as your official LLC address. The address that you list may either be your home, an office, or another physical location, but it cannot be a PO box.
    • Appoint a registered agent. A registered agent, or statutory agent in Arizona, is the person or company that serves as the contact point between the state and the LLC. The registered agent also receives official correspondence from other businesses. In many cases, you can act as your own registered agent if you have a business address in Arizona, but you may consider using a registered agent service if you are not located in Arizona or would like an extra layer of privacy. Rocket Lawyer can act as your registered agent or specify your registered agent when you register your LLC.
    • File your Articles of Organization with the state of Arizona to register your LLC. Once you have a business name and registered agent identified, you can register your business as an Arizona LLC with the Arizona Corporation Commission by filing your Articles of Organization. Rocket Lawyer can assist you in filing your LLC's Articles of Organization with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
    • Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The EIN is crucial for tax filing, payroll management, employee payments, and opening a business bank account. Rocket Lawyer can assist you with securing your LLC's EIN in order to do these vital business tasks.
    • Create your LLC Operating Agreement (Optional). In Arizona, it is optional to have an LLC Operating Agreement, which helps govern the ownership structure, member rights and responsibilities, and decision-making process of your LLC, among other things.
  • What are Articles of Organization?

    To start an LLC in Arizona, you must file a document called Articles of Organization with the state of Arizona. This document may be referred to informally as an LLC's "Articles," or in other states, it may be called a "Certificate of Organization," "Certificate of Filing," or "Certificate of Formation."

    In Arizona, you will need the following information to file your Articles of Organization:

    • The name of the LLC.
    • The type of LLC (standard LLC or professional LLC).
      • If professional, what services the LLC will provide.
    • The company's business address.
    • The name and address of the LLC's statutory agent for service of process, also known as a registered agent in other states.
    • The management structure of the organization (member-managed or manager-managed).
    • The names of the LLC's managers and managing members.
  • How much does it cost to start an LLC in Arizona?

    In Arizona, there are a few fees that you may be charged when you choose to start your LLC. They include the following:

    State fee: $50

    • Expedited processing fee: $35

    Rocket Lawyer filing fee: $0 $99.99

    • First filing FREE for RocketLegal+ members.
    • Get additional filings HALF OFF with RocketLegal+.

    Processing time: 4 weeks

    • Expedited processing time: 2 weeks

    Note: The above state fees and processing times (including expedited processing fee and time) are provided as a summary and may encompass various fees mandated by your state or local authorities. If you have questions, speak to a Rocket Lawyer representative to understand the costs and processing times that apply to your specific filing.

  • How much are LLC taxes in Arizona?

    Taxes for your LLC will depend on how you file and how much your LLC earns.

    The default method for LLC taxes is called "pass-through taxes." This means that the profits and losses of the LLC are passed through to the individual members, who report them on their personal tax returns. The share of profits or losses each member receives and reports on their taxes is determined by the terms in the LLC's operating agreement. With pass-through taxes, the LLC itself does not file its own tax returns, and the owners only pay taxes on the business once. (Note: The term "pass-through taxes" is an informal term. Single-member LLCs are treated as a "disregarded entity" and taxed as a sole proprietorship, and LLCs with multiple members are treated as a partnership.)

    With pass-through taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes are not withheld from the members' paychecks, so they are responsible for paying these as "self-employment taxes" instead. In addition to Social Security and Medicare taxes, LLC members will need to pay taxes as a percent of their share of profits every quarter as estimated taxes. LLC members can also deduct business expenses and losses from their personal tax returns, which can significantly reduce the amount of profits reported to the IRS.

    Alternatively, if the LLC members prefer not to utilize pass-through taxes, they have the option to elect for the LLC to be taxed as a corporation instead. This may be preferred when the corporate tax rate is lower. To elect a different tax classification, you need to file the necessary forms with the IRS.

    If you do not want to tackle your LLC's taxes alone, our Rocket Tax services can help you by gathering some information about your business and then matching you with the right tax professional.

  • What are the rules for naming an LLC in Arizona?

    The state of Arizona requires that the names of all LLCs in the state:

    • Include the term "LLC" or "Limited Liability Company," also known as an "entity designator." 
      • "L.L.C." and the abbreviations "LC" and "L.C." are acceptable.
    • Do not contain the words "association," "corporation," "incorporated," or an abbreviation of those words.
    • Are not too similar to existing LLCs in the state.

    Rocket Lawyer can help you determine whether your business' name is eligible for registration in Arizona and may be able to help you reserve the name before you file your LLC.

  • I live outside of Arizona. In which state do I file my LLC?

    Any LLC that does business in Arizona must file with the State of Arizona. Arizona does not outline any specific actions that constitute transacting business, however, these actions, among others, are not considered to be doing business in Arizona:

    • Maintaining, defending or settling any proceeding.
    • Holding meetings of the board of directors or shareholders or carrying on other activities concerning internal corporate affairs.
    • Maintaining bank accounts.
    • Maintaining offices or agencies for the transfer, exchange and registration of the corporation's own securities or maintaining trustees or depositaries with respect to those securities.
    • Selling through independent contractors.
    • Soliciting or obtaining orders, whether by mail or through employees or agents or otherwise, if the orders require acceptance outside this state before they become contracts.
    • Creating or acquiring indebtedness, mortgages and other security interests in real or personal property.
    • Securing or collecting debts or enforcing mortgages and security interests in property securing the same.
    • Owning, without more, real or personal property.
    • Conducting an isolated transaction that is completed within thirty days and that is not one in the course of repeated transactions of a like nature.
    • Transacting business in interstate commerce.
    • Being a limited partner of a limited partnership or a member of a limited liability company.

    LLCs based in Arizona are called "domestic LLCs," and out-of-state LLCs are called "foreign LLCs." Foreign LLCs and domestic LLCs may have different filing and compliance requirements -- Rocket Lawyer can help you navigate foreign LLC registration, regardless of where you live.

  • I live in Arizona. Do I need to file my LLC in any other state?

    If you are planning to conduct business in another state, you may need to register an LLC in that state. Rocket Lawyer can help you determine which states you should register in. 

    Other states may have their own rules for taxing foreign LLCs that originate in Arizona or domestic LLCs that also operate in Arizona. Talk to an attorney to understand the tax requirements for the state(s) in which you plan to operate.

    CaliforniaMichiganRhode Island
    ColoradoMinnesotaSouth Carolina
    ConnecticutMississippiSouth Dakota
    IdahoNew HampshireVirginia
    IllinoisNew JerseyWashington D.C.
    IndianaNew MexicoWashington
    IowaNew YorkWest Virginia
    KansasNorth CarolinaWisconsin
    KentuckyNorth DakotaWyoming
  • Can I make a single-member LLC in Arizona?

    Yes, LLCs with only one owner can still register their business in Arizona. In this case, the LLC would be referred to as a single-member LLC (SMLLC), whereas if there is more than one owner, the LLC may be called a multi-member LLC. 

    The main difference between single-member and multi-member LLCs lies in ownership structure and management. With a single-member LLC, you have full control over the business. In contrast, a multi-member LLC has multiple owners, each with a specific percentage of ownership as defined in the operating agreement. This means that in a multi-member LLC, owners share profits, losses, and tax responsibilities based on their ownership percentage.

    However, many aspects of LLCs remain the same whether they are single-member or multi-member. Both types of LLCs default to pass-through taxation (though separate filing is an option), and owners can choose to manage the LLC themselves ("member managed") or hire designated managers to handle day-to-day operations ("manager managed").

  • What is the benefit of having a Trade Name vs. an LLC in Arizona?

    An LLC is a structure establishing your business as an entity that can legally conduct business in the state(s) within which it is filed. Alternatively, a "Trade Name" filing is a legal mechanism to specify another name under which you plan to do business. Trade Names may also be called a "Fictitious Business Name" (or "FBN"), "Assumed Business Name" (or "ABN"), or "Doing Business As" (or "DBA") and are commonly confused with sole proprietorships. While Trade Names can help you specify a name for a business, they do not establish a legal business entity and also do not provide business owners with liability protection. In Arizona, filing a Trade Name, or Fictitious Business Name, is required if your business is planning to operate under a different name than the one that is filed with your Articles of Organization.

    If you have an existing company and would like to conduct business under a new or additional name, a Trade Name will allow you to conduct business with the new name through your existing LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, or Nonprofit. If you're not sure if you should form an LLC or file a Trade Name, a Rocket Lawyer representative can help you understand the differences and take the next step.

  • What do I do after registering an LLC in Arizona?

    After organizing an LLC in Arizona, the state requires you to:

    • Establish a Registered Agent and Office: You'll need to have a Registered Agent and a Registered Office in Arizona. If you don't have an agent or office, our Registered Agent Services can help you meet these requirements.
    • Publish a Notice of Organization in a Local Newspaper: You must publish a notice of your LLC's organization within 60 days of forming in a local newspaper for three consecutive publications.
    • Maintain a Business Location: Your LLC must maintain its principal office in the state of Arizona.

    Although not required, you may also want to:

    • Create an Operating Agreement: While creating an Operating Agreement is not mandatory, it's highly advisable. We can help you create your Arizona LLC Operating Agreement online.
    • Hold a Meeting: An organizational meeting is not required by law, but it is easy to meet with your LLC's Members, have them approve the Operating Agreement, collect initial contributions, appoint the LLC's officers (if any), and address any other issues facing the LLC.
  • How do I maintain my LLC in Arizona?

    An LLC is one of the easiest businesses to maintain. In the state of Arizona, there are no requirements for annual reports or other yearly maintenance.

  • How do I keep my records for my LLC?

    The State of Arizona requires the following information to be kept:

    • A current list of the full name and last known address of each member and manager.
    • A copy of the articles of organization and all amendments to the articles of organization.
    • A copy of all current and prior written Operating Agreements and amendments to all current and prior written Operating Agreements.
    • Any record of a member's obligation to make a capital contribution to the company.
    • A copy of the company's federal, state and local income tax returns and reports, if any, for the three most recent years.
    • A copy of the company's financial statements, if any, for the three most recent years.

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