Starting a corporation, whether it is one that is for profit or one that is non-profit, is easier than it may seem when it comes to the paperwork side of things. You can complete the appropriate forms for your potential Arizona corporation by going to the Arizona Corporation Commission website and accessing their forms. All you have to do is fill out the required forms and pay the filing fee of anywhere between $40 and $210 by check or money order addressed to the Arizona Corporation Commission.
How to File
Step 1- Your first task is to think of a name for your corporation. You will then need to check to see if this name is available for use. To do so, Search the Business Database and use the Name Reservation service provided if you so desire.
Step 2- The actual filing process begins by downloading the PDF of the Articles of Incorporation or the Application for Authority, depending on the type of corporation, and submitting the requisite filing information. Select the link below which matches your business type to learn more about the filing process.
Step 3- You will now need to pay the associated filing fee for your particular application (fees listed below). You can pay your filing fee by attaching to your documents a check or money order addressed to the Arizona Corporation Commission.
- Domestic Profit Corporation- $60
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation- $40
- Foreign Profit Corporation- $175
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation- $175
Step 4- You will now need to submit your application. Mail your application forms, the filing fee, and all other required documents to the following address:
Arizona Corporation Commission
1300 W. Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85007
EIN– Also known as the Employer Identification Number, this document that is supplied by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is necessary for all corporations in the United States. Without it, your corporation will not be able to open bank accounts, pay employees, or apply for credit cards. You can get an EIN by going to the IRS website or applying through the mail with the Form SS-4. The link at the heading of this paragraph contains more information on both of the aforementioned application procedures.
Corporate Bylaws– In accordance with ARS 10-206 the adoption of a bylaw is a necessity for every corporation that is formed within the state of Arizona. The document dictates the regulations, daily operations, and dealings with the entity and will also supply information on an annual basis as to when the monthly meetings will take place. A free template of this agreement can be downloaded in MS Word and PDF formats, accessible within the link at the heading of this paragraph.
Renewal– All corporations in Arizona are responsible for submitting a yearly report that qualifies as a renewal of the corporation. This process will effectively update the state with all changes to the corporation that have occurred over the course of a year. To renew, click on the link at the heading of this paragraph where you will be able to submit your report online. The cost of filing in Arizona is $45 for profit entities and $10 for non-profits.