How To Fill Out The Arkansas Certificate of Organization

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How To Fill Out The Arkansas Certificate of Organization

The Certificate of Organization (referred to as the Articles of Organization until the end of 2021) is the document that officially create your LLC. They are filed with the state and include basic information about your LLC, such as its name, address, and purpose.

Related: Guide to forming an LLC in Arkansas

The Certificate of Organization can be completed and sent by mail or filed online. To get started, either download the Arkansas L.L.C. Certificate of Organization Form LL-01 (Domestic) or file it online with the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Anyone can learn how to form their own LLC, but using an entity formation service like Zenbusiness, Northwest, and IncFile guide you through the LLC formation process, so you will save time and know everything was done right.

IncFile is currently running a special where you only pay state fees for your LLC formation!

Let’s go over how to fill out and file the LLC Certificate of Organization in Arkansas.

Step 2: Pick a Name for the LLC

The first step in filling out the LLC Certificate of Organization is to select a name for your business.

When filling out the business name information, be sure to include the entity designator, which is displayed at the end of the business name. The allowed designator can either be Limited Liability Company, Limited Company, or the abbreviation L.L.C., L.C., LLC, or LC.

LLCs that perform professional services must instead use the words Professional Limited Liability Company, Professional Limited Company, or the abbreviations P.L.L.C., P.L.C., PLLC, or PLC.

The word Limited can be abbreviated as Ltd. And the word Company may be abbreviated as Co.

If you haven’t verified already, be sure to do an Arkansas LLC name search with the Arkansas Secretary of State to be sure the LLC business name you want is available.

Step 3: Enter the Principal Information

Arkansas LLC Principal Place of Business

Enter the principal place of business and contact information for the LLC.

The address may be, but is not required to be, the actual place of the business to the physical street address, or the main location where the business records are kept. A physical address must be used as P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.

Step 4: Appoint an Arkansas Registered Agent

File a Registered Agent for Arkansas LLC

An Arkansas registered agent is a party authorized to receive and accept service of process on behalf of your LLC. You may act as your registered agent or you may authorize an individual outside of the LLC or a registered agent service to act as a registered agent.

Step 5: Select the LLC Organizer Officers

Arkansas LLC - List Officers

Add the contact information for the organizer and officers in this section.

If there are multiple officers, enter their information and click on Save Officer.

At least one member will enter their information, which may be the same person in the Principal Information and Registered Agent section.

One area that is a bit confusing is the title. Choices include:
– Incorporator/Organizer – A Limited Liability Company Organizer is someone who is involved with the business entity formation. This person may or may not become a member, such as a mentor, attorney, or accountant.
– Manager – A manager in this instance is someone who will be hired by the LLC members to run the business, similar to a CEO of a corporation. This isn’t a common selection, and if a manager is selected, a statement needs to be included in this section.
– Member – The members will be listed here. All of the initial members will also be saved as Incorporator/Organizers.

Step 6: Enter the Submitter’s Contact Information

Arkansas LLC Submitter Information

The submitter’s contact information would be used in case the Secretary of State has any questions regarding the filing and is where the final documents should be sent.

Step 7: Enter the Annual Report Contact Information

Enter the contact information where the annual reports should be sent. This may be the same information as the previous steps.

Related: How to file the Arkansas annual report

Step 8: Sign the Arkansas Certificate of Organization

The signature of the organizer (Step 5) will be entered in this section.

Additionally, the effective date of the LLC formation can be selected. By default, the effective date is the date the Certificate of Organization is submitted. If you want to file the Certificate before starting the business, you can choose a date up to 90 days in the future.

You have an Arkansas LLC! Now what??

Once your new LLC has been formed, there are a few additional steps to take care of. Below is a list of the most common tasks.

Prepare an Arkansas LLC Operating Agreement

Arkansas Statute § 4-38-105 states that every Arkansas LLC may adopt an operating agreement, but it isn’t required.  Despite it not being required, there are several reasons it is recommended to have one.

The Operating Agreement is an internal document outlining the governing structure and operating guidelines of the entity along with the responsibilities of the members.

It’s worth noting that an operating agreement is binding on the LLC even if the business has not formally adopted the agreement and that a single
member can create a binding operating agreement.

Related: How to create an Arkansas Operating Agreement

Obtain an EIN

The EIN or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The EIN will be needed before filing business tax returns, opening a bank account, hiring employees, registering for business licenses and permits, and more.

Related: How to Apply for an EIN

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