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Here are the steps you need to take to form an LLC in Arkansas. For more information on how to form an LLC in any state, see our article Forming an LLC - A 50 State Guide.

If you're ready to set up your LLC today, you can do so in any state through LegalZoom for $149 plus filing fees. To get started, click here.

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Step 1. Choose a name for your LLC

The first step to forming your LLC is to come up with a name. When doing so, there are a few things you need to look out for.

1. Follow Arkansas' naming guidelines

  • In Arkansas, your business name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC.
  • Restricted words (e.g. Bank, Attorney, University) require additional paperwork and may require a licensed individual, such as a doctor or lawyer, to be part of the LLC.
  • Prohibited words are those that would cause the public to mistake the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency (e.g. FBI, Secret Service, Treasury etc.)

2. Check that the name is available

The name must be distinguishable from the names of other businesses already on file with in Arkansas. You can check Arkansas' business name database to see if your name is available.

3. Check to see if the domain is available

You don't necessarily need a .com domain, but if you want to make sure you're going to have a domain, it's best to get one before you file any documents with the state. You can check to see if your domain name is available on GoDaddy.com.

Step 2. Choose a registered agent

In Arkansas, you are required to nominate a statutory agent for your LLC.

A registered agent is a person or business that agrees to send and receive legal papers on behalf of your LLC, such as service of process of legal action and state filings.

Your registered agent must be a resident of Arkansas - either a business entity or an individual. You can elect someone inside the business for this - including yourself.

You can learn more about registered agents here.

Step 3. File your Articles of Organization

Filing your Articles of Organization with the state of Arkansas officially registers your LLC with the state.

The articles of organization must include the following:

  • The LLC's name and address
  • Your registered agent's name and address
  • A statement addressing whether the LLC will be run by a manager.

The articles can be filed online, mailed, or done in person.

For online filing, go here, scroll to "Domestic LLC" and select the "Articles of Organization for Domestic LLC - LL-01"

Here are the documents for filing by mail or in person. If you choose to go this route, Arkansas instructs you to contact them directly first. Otherwise, it's best to file online.

The filing fee is $45 if done online or $50 if done with paper copies.

Step 4. Prepare your operating agreement

You aren't required to have an operating agreement in Arkansas, but it's a good idea to have one in place that outlines the ownership and operation procedures of your LLC.

Check out this guide for more on creating an operating agreement for your LLC.

Step 5. Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is basically a social security number for your business. It's used by the government to identify your business and track tax payments.

You'll need an EIN to file federal and local taxes, and some bank accounts require you to have one in order to open an account with them.

You can get your EIN here.

Step 6. Get the appropriate business licenses

Depending on the type of business and where it's located, you may need to get other local business licenses. For more details, check out this resource.

Step 7. Pay your taxes

All LLC's must pay the $150 minimum tax each year.

There's also a state franchise tax that LLC's need to pay, which can be filed online.

Both of these taxes are due by May 1st each year.

In some cases, such as if you're hiring employees or selling goods and charging a sales tax, you'll need to register with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

For foreign LLC's doing business in Arkansas

All LLCs formed outside of Arkansas who want to do business in the state need to register with the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Foreign LLCs must also nominate a registered agent for service of process physically located in Arkansas.

You can register online with a filing fee of $270.

Before registering, make sure the name is available in Arkansas. If the name isn't available, you can choose a designated name to conduct business in the state.

If you're ready to set up your LLC today, you can do so in any state through LegalZoom for $149 plus filing fees. To get started, click here.

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