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The Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a smart entity choice for many start-up businesses.  The LLC provides personal liability protection and has the potential to save money on taxes. With a little research, you can learn how to form an LLC in Arkansas without an attorney.

Unlike a sole proprietorship or partnership where the small business owner can be held personally liable for lawsuits against the business, the LLC is a separate legal structure, protecting for the business owner’s personal assets.

Besides the liability protection, the Limited Liability Company provides several other benefits over the sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation because of the multiple tax options, ease of administration and management flexibility.

Forming an LLC in Arkansas can be both affordable and is simple enough for most people to start on their own.  That said, it’s not a bad idea to have a legal professional like While the filing is pretty straightforward, it’s nice to have some support if you have questions, alerts when the annual report is due, forms like operating agreements, banking resolutions and more.  There are companies like IncFile or Swyft Filings and others that do all of this for only $49.

To form a Limited Liability Company in Arkansas, the Articles of Organization are filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State.  The cost to form an LLC is $45 when filing online and $50 when filing by mail.  Online approval takes about 2 weeks while the online filing typically takes 2 or 3 days.

If you have questions, contact the Arkansas Secretary of State.

501-682-3409
corprequest@sos.arkansas.gov

HOW TO FILE THE ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION AND FORM AN ARKANSAS LLC

The steps for filing online or by mail are largely the same.  Below, we have step-by-step instructions for forming an Arkansas LLC.

To get started either download the Articles of Organization or visit the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Step 1: Select the Entity

First, scroll through the list and look for the Domestic Limited Liability Company section, click on “Articles of Organization for Domestic LLC – LL-01” and then click on Choose Filing

How to Register an Arkansas LLC

Step 2: Start Form

Next, find the Domestic LLC section and click on the “Start Form” button under “Articles of Organization for Demistic LLC – LL-01”

Arkansas Articles of Organization LLC - LL-01

Step 3: Filing Act

The default filing act is 1003 of 1993 and applies to most LLCs.  This act pertains to forming an LLC in Arkansas.

Arkansas LLC Select Filing Act 1003 of 1993

Step 4: Entity Information

Company Name – Enter the name you would like to use for the LLC.

There can’t be another LLC with the same name as the one you want.  A link to search similar names is available to be sure the name you want to use is available.

Arkansas LLC Company Name Search

Additionally, when coming up with the Company Name, one of the following at the end of the LLC’s name:

  • Limited Liability Company
  • Limited Liability Co.
  • Ltd. Liability Company
  • Ltd. Liability Co.
  • Limited Company
  • Limited Co.
  • Ltd. Company
  • Ltd. Co.
  • L.L.C
  • L.C.
  • LLC
  • LC

Managers Statement 

LLCs can either be Manager-Managed or Member-Managed.

Member-Managed LLCs have an active involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business.
Manager-Managed LLCs are hired by the members to run the LLC, similar to a CEO of a corporation.

If the LLC will be managed by a manager, a statement needs to be included in this section.

Most LLCs are member-managed and would leave this section blank.

Arkansas LLC Manager Managed vs Member

 

Step 5: Principal Information

Enter the principal place of business of the LLC.  This has to be a physical address that can be a home address, office address or the address of the registered agent.  No PO Boxes are allowed.  This address will receive mailings from the Secretary of State.

Arkansas LLC Principal Place of Business

Step 6: Registered Agent Information

In Arkansas, there must be an individual or company with a physical presence in the state and act as a point of contact to receive legal documents, tax notices, summons, subpoenas, etc on behalf of the LLC. This person or company is referred to as a Registered Agent.

Any individual can be the registered agent, provided they have a physical address in Arkansas and this includes the business owner.  One note is that the name and address of the registered agent become public record and with that comes a loss of privacy. This is more important for some entrepreneurs, especially when they are doing business from home.

No PO Boxes are allowed and be sure to either enter a Business Name if using a commercial registered agent company or First and Last name if it is an individual.

Learn more about the registered agent in Arkansas

File a Registered Agent for Arkansas LLC

Step 7: Officers

Add all of the officers in this section.  If there are multiple officers, enter their information and click on Save Officer.

At least one member and that 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 –  An LLC Organizer is involved with the formation of the Articles of Organization.  The Organizer may or may not become a member, such as a mentor, attorney or accountant.
  • Manager – If the LLC is Manager-Managed and the Manager Statement was filled out, this person would be listed here.
  • Member – The members will be listed here.  All of the initial members will also be saved as Incorporator/Organizers.
  • Managing Member – Will be used if the manager is also a member.

Click “Save Officer” for each person listed.

Arkansas LLC - List Officers

Step 8: Submitter Contact Information

This section is used should the Secretary of State have any questions during the processing of the application and where the final documents are sent.

Step 9: Annual Report Contact Information

Enter the name and address where the Annual Report should be sent.

Step 10: Agreement

Effective Date – By default, the LLC is effective on the date submitted.  If you prefer to have the LLC officially start at a later date (up to 90 days), enter that date in the field. Otherwise, leave the field blank.

Signature – Click on the box saying this is not a false document, enter your signature in the Signature box and hit Submit.

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Step 11: Review, Pay and File

Do a final review of the information provided to ensure it is correct and make the payment.

That concludes the basics of forming an LLC in Arkansas. In 2-3 days if filed online or about 2 weeks if filed by mail you will receive the official Articles of Organization and a Certificate of Approval.

Remember, even though you can do it yourself, there is more to an LLC than just the filing.  If you have questions work with an attorney or a specialized entity formation company such as .

 

Wrapping Up

While not required, an Operating Agreement is often recommended for most LLCs.  An Operating Agreement is a legal document outlining the roles and responsibilities of the members.  Read more about when an LLC needs an Operating Agreement.

After forming the LLC, be sure to file for an EIN with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The EIN is basically a social security number for a business and will be needed before opening a bank account.  There is no cost to apply, and it takes about 5 minutes to get one.  See how to apply for an EIN.

Last, before starting a business in Arkansas, you may still need to apply for business licenses, sales tax permits, self-employment taxes and more in Arkansas.  See the Guide to Starting a Business in Arkansas for more information.

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