Arizona Corporation Requirements

Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand state requirements for Arizona incorporation.

What is the cost to incorporate in Arizona?

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form an Arizona corporation. View our pricing to incorporate as a C corporation or S corporation to plainly see:

  • BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
  • State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Arizona with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.

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What are the requirements for a Corporate Name in Arizona?

The corporation's name must contain the word "Association," "Corporation," "Company," "Incorporated," "Limited" or an abbreviation thereof. It must 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, nonprofit 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. With the words “Bank,” “Banc,” and “Bancorp,” the company must be a bank and approval of the name is needed from the Department of Banking.

What are the requirements for an LLCs Director information in Arizona?

The following are Arizona’s requirements for directors of corporations.

  • Minimum number. Corporations must have one or more directors.
  • Residence requirements. Arizona does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
  • Age requirements. Arizona does not have age requirements.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Incorporation. Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

What are the requirements for the Articles of Incorporation in Arizona?

The document required to form a corporation in Arizona is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Arizona's requirements include:

  • Officers. Officer names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
  • Stock. Authorized shares and par value must be listed in the Articles of Incorporation. An increase in the number of shares or par value does not affect initial filing fees.
  • Registered agent. Corporations must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Arizona. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
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Other filings required at time of incorporation

Some states require additional filings or steps at the time of incorporation, such as a county level filing, publishing notice of the incorporation in a local newspaper or an initial report filing. Arizona requires the following:

  • Publication requirement. Arizona requires corporations to publish notice of the incorporation within 60 days of incorporation in a publication (i.e. newspaper) in the known place of business for three consecutive publications.

Professional services businesses.

Arizona allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).

After forming a corporation, you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability a corporation provides its owners. This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for Arizona corporations.

Corporate records

Arizona corporations must keep the following with their corporate records:

  • The Articles of Incorporation and any amendments
  • Bylaws
  • Minutes of shareholder meetings
  • Records of actions taken by the shareholders without a meeting
  • Written communications to shareholders for the past three years
  • A list of names and business addresses of current directors and officers
  • Most recent annual report
  • Any agreements between shareholders

Corporate taxes and fees

The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees in Arizona:

  • Annual report. Arizona requires corporations to file an annual report and Certificate of Disclosure in the anniversary month of the company’s incorporation on a date assigned by the state. The cost is $45.
  • Taxes. For complete details on state taxes for Arizona corporations, visit Business Owner's Toolkit or the State of Arizona .
  • Federal tax identification number (EIN). An EIN is required for corporations that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
  • State tax identification number. Arizona does not require a state tax identification number.

Business licenses

Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. The BizFilings Business License Application Package can help you stay on top of these requirements.

S corporation election

Arizona recognizes the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election.

Additional Arizona information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in Arizona:

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