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Arkansas LLC

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Choosing to file an LLC ( Limited Liability Company ) with the secretary of state of Arkansas provides the advantages of limited liability for the entity's debts and obligations. An LLC combines the beneficial aspects of a partnership (simple formation and less complex management of the business) with the legal protections of a corporation (distinct separation between personal and business assets).

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More Information on LLC's:

  • An LLC allows members, like shareholders in a corporation, to enjoy limited liability. The LLC is a separate, legal entity and thus its assets are considered separate and apart from Member's assets save for the amount invested by the member in the LLC.
  • An LLC, if properly organized, enjoys the advantage of pass-through taxation, whereby business profit is treated as having "passed through" the entity and onto the individual members, via the 1065 form filed by the LLC, and thus avoiding tax a the corporate level, and again at the member level ("double taxation").
  • Corporations are allowed as members of an LLC. This further level of tiered ownership increases the limited liability aspect of an LLC, and makes for greater features and benefit options for the owner.
  • Less strict organizational rules and an absence of the "corporate formalities." Depending on how it is structured, an LLC can be completely driven (managed) by the operating agreement, with no special need for annual meetings or special notations or record keeping.
  • Owners are not required to be United States citizens.
  • Unlike an S-Corporation, there is no limit to the number of members allowed by an LLC.

Arkansas Specific Filing Requirements:

  • Limited Liability Companies in Arkansas must include the phrase 'Limited Liability Company' or one of the phrase's abbreviations in their name. Any LLC that offers professional services must include 'Professional Limited Liability Company', 'Professional Limited Company', or an abbreviation of those designations.
  • There are no publication requirements in Arkansas, but LLC's operating in the state must file annual franchise tax reports with the state, which acts as an annual report for the state. LLC's in Arkansas are also required to designate a registered agent.
  • Out-of-state businesses may form a Limited Liability Company in Arkansas provided they file an Application for Certificate or Registration of Limited Liability Company and pay an extra fee.
  • Generally filings are completed within 1-2 weeks* at the state level.
  • Member information is not required on the Articles of Organization.

Incorporate In Arkansas

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Business owners commonly form corporations to separate their personal assets from business liabilities. A properly formed corporation allows owners, directors, and officers to drive the business forward without worrying about the potential of losing a home, car, or personal savings due to business obligations or debts.

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File a Corporation in Arkansas

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Reasons to file a Arkansas Corporation:

  • A corporation provides a legal division between personal assets and the liabilities of the business.
  • A corporation provides the potential for additional tax benefits that may not be offered to Sole Proprietors & Partnerships.
  • A C-Corporation has no limit on the number of shareholders.
  • Shareholders are not required to be United States Citizens under a C-Corporation.
  • A corporation offers a public perception of a more professional business structure.

Arkansas Specific Filing Requirements:

  • Arkansas does not require a business address located within the state.
  • Corporation filings are typically completed within 1-2 weeks*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

Arkansas Non-Profit Corporation

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Business owners commonly form corporations to protect their personal assets from business liabilities. A properly formed corporation allows owners, directors, and officers to manage and grow the business without worrying that about potentially losing their home, car, or personal savings due to business obligations.

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File a Non-Profit Corporation in Arkansas

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Reasons to file an Arkansas Non profit Corporation:

  • A 501(c) organization, also known as a "non-profit", is code for an American tax-exempt non-profit organization.
  • Federal income tax deductions are available for some donors who make charitable contributions to most types of 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • There are twenty eight distinct types of non-profit organizations that are exempt from some federal income taxes.
  • Before a company qualifies as a non-profit, it must first become incorporated in the state. The corporation can then apply for a tax exempt status.
  • To properly accept money or donations as a qualifying entity (such as a church, charity, or civic league), a nonprofit entity must be filed.

Arkansas Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within Arkansas.
  • Generally filings are completed within 1-2 weeks* at the state level.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

Arkansas Professional Corporation

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Corporations that engage in what are commonly accepted as professional activities must form a "Professional Corporation" - pursuant to certain statutory provisions. Professional services, according to most states, usually consist of services like medical, legal, accounting and financial services.

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File a Professional Corporation in Arkansas

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Reasons to file an Arkansas Professional Corporation:

  • Professional corporations (abbreviated as PC or P.C.) are corporate entities that are frequently required by licensing boards.
  • Professionals such as attorneys, architects, engineers, public accountants and physicians are usually required to file as a professional corporation.
  • Legal regulations applying to professional corporations typically differ from those governing other corporations.
  • Professional corporations may be formed as part of a larger corporate entity. For example, a law firm or medical practice may choose to be organized as a partnership of several professional corporations.

Arkansas Specific Filing Requirements:

  • Arkansas does not require a business address located within the state.
  • Filings are generally completed within 1-2 weeks at the state level.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

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State Information:

Arkansas is very small business friendly, which is good news for anyone looking to start up in the state. It is rated as one of the easiest states to start a business in as well, which makes senses considering the University at Arkansas in Little Rock has a statewide business development center that offers business counseling services and entrepreneur training programs.

Arkansas inhabits the middle of the road when it comes to corporate income tax rates, with the highest rate of 6.25% kicking in when a business makes more than $100,000. So, with decent tax rates and a strong, state-run training program for aspiring entrepreneurs, Arkansas has a very attractive small-business environment. Click here to learn more about starting a business in Arkansas.

*State filing turn around times are subject to change without notice. Times listed on our site are accurate at the time of our last update.


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