There are three ways to incorporate your business in Arizona:

  1. Hire a lawyer to do the job for you (the most expensive option)
  2. Walk in to the State Department office and do it by yourself
  3. Use a professional incorporation company, like Active Filings.

AZ Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Arizona Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Arizona, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 20 days to process your filing). If you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business, we are authorized to file online with the state, and we’ll form your LLC or corporation in 1 business day.

To complete your Arizona Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name Name must contain the word “association”, “corporation”, company”, “incorporated”, or “limited” or an abbreviation. The name shall not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for an unlawful purpose. The name shall be distinguishable from the name of domestic, non-profit, or foreign corporations authorized to transact business; the reserved or registered name of a corporation; the fictitious name of a foreign corporation; the name of a limited liability company or foreign limited liability company; the partnership name of a limited liability partnership, registered limited liability partnership, or registered foreign limited liability partnership.
Company Purpose List the reason for forming the corporation or the business/activity which the corporation will engage in.
Authorized Shares List the number of shares of corporate stock you are currently authorizing. Technically, this is when you “create” your stock (more can always be authorized later), and that stock will be issued to your shareholders at your first shareholder meeting.
Registered Agent Information In Arizona, a registered agent (also known as a resident agent) is an individual or business that serves as your company’s official point of contact for lawsuits and legal notices. As part of Active Filings’ incorporation service, we include a year of registered agent service when you hire us to incorporate your business in Arizona.
Name and Addresses of the Incorporators The incorporator is the person or company authorized to form the corporation. For example, if you hired us, we would list ourselves as the incorporator. The incorporator does not have any stake in or claim to the corporation being formed.

Director Information

Minimum Number One or more
Residence Requirements No provision
Age Requirements None
Articles of Incorporation Directors are required to be listed

Officer Information

Articles of Incorporation Officers are not required to be listed.

Stock Information

An increase in shares or par value does not effect initial fees.

Yearly Requirements

  • Annual Statements
  • An annual report & certificate of disclosure must be filed each year. The filing fee is $45. The statement must be filed to the Corporation Commission by the 15th day of the 3rd month after close of calendar or fiscal year adopted by corporation for Arizona income tax purposes.

Income Tax Rate

The income tax rate is 9.0% of net income or $50, whichever is greater. The minimum tax is $50.

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When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in Indiana, you’ll receive everything you need to track and maintain your company, this includes:

  • Free expedited service
  • One year of registered agent service
  • An online account where you can add additional services, track orders, maintenance requirements and digital notifications.

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