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Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we check for availability.
Step 2: Prepare or Upload your Articles
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If we receive your Arkansas Articles of Incorporation by 12:00 p.m. PST M-F, your Corporation will be submitted and could be active by 5:00PM! This means your company will be given the submission date as your file date. If you mail the document to the state, like many filing services do, you may have to wait at least a month for proof of filing.
Your Post-Filing Responsibilities
- File a Statement of Information: After the Articles of Incorporation are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information.
- Employer Identification Number: If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new company. Add it to your order and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.
- Arkansas Corporate Kit: Our Kits include a custom binder, seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order you kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate Kit order page.
Add these optional services to your order at the time of filing:
- Certificate of Good Standing: You may need additional copies if you are going to qualify or register in other states. Most certificates are good for 90 days.
- Additional Certified Copy of Articles: You may need this in the future for banks, loans, or professional licensing requirements.
The SunDoc Filings Advantage
- We have filed thousands of documents since 1999
- All filings received by 12 p.m. PST are submitted same day
- Most filing companies mail in your filings
Arkansas Corporate Formation Guidelines
The corporate name must contain one of the following: corporation, incorporated, company, limited, corp., inc., co. or ltd., or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Secretary of State for a nonrenewable 120 day period.
The purpose of the corporation may include a statement that the corporation is organized under the Arkansas Business Corporation Act for any lawful purpose and MUST state the primary purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized, which is provided for informational purposes.
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL
There is no minimum or maximum number of authorized shares since state incorporation fees are not based on the share structure. There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
PREEMPTIVE RIGHTS / CUMULATIVE VOTING
Preemptive rights are denied in absence of a specific grant. Cumulative voting is automatically denied unless specifically granted.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in
DIRECTORS / INCORPORATOR
The minimum number of directors is one (1). Minimum number of incorporators is one (1) (a person - “a natural person or entity”) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Arkansas.
LIMITATIONS OF DIRECTORS' PERSONAL LIABILITY
The Articles of Incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the Arkansas Business Corporation Act, a provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.
The Franchise Tax Report is required annually on or before May 1st of the reporting year. The minimum tax is $150 and the tax is calculated based on par value of the corporation’s outstanding shares of stock and the value of its real and personal property in Arkansas.
Arkansas Corporate Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings can help you form an Arkansas corporation with the Arkansas Secretary of State on an expedited basis. To form a corporation in Arkansas or form an Arkansas subchapter S corporation, you must file the Arkansas Articles of Incorporation with the Arkansas Secretary of State. SunDoc Filings has been forming Arkansas corporations since 1999 and knows the state’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. Let us make the Arkansas incorporation process quick and painless for you by preparing and filing the Arkansas Articles of Incorporation with the Arkansas Secretary of State on your behalf.
How do I form an Arkansas Corporation?
First, we check corporate name availability with the Arkansas Secretary of State. Second, we prepare the Arkansas Articles of Incorporation. Third, before we form the Arkansas corporation, we verify that the Articles of Incorporation are free of errors. Fourth, we file the Articles of Incorporation with the Arkansas Secretary of State. Fifth, when the Arkansas Secretary of State files the Arkansas Articles of Incorporation, we will return the filed document to you.
What are the advantages of forming an Arkansas Corporation?
To begin with, there is the protection of the "corporate veil" that provides limited liability to the owners (shareholders). The shareholders are not personally liable for debts and obligations of the corporation. They can personally lose only to the extent of their investments in the Arkansas corporation form purchasing stock. Since the Arkansas corporation is an independent legal entity, the Arkansas corporation has continuous existence. It does not cease to exist simply because one of the shareholders dies or retires. Corporations often have an easier time setting up insurance, retirement funds, profit-sharing, pension, and stock option plans than other business entities.
When you form an Arkansas corporation, the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the Arkansas corporation. Ownership in an Arkansas corporation is more easily transferable than other business entities. Under most circumstances, shares of stock can be sold without restriction to a third party without having to obtain consent from the Arkansas corporation itself.
How do I obtain an EIN or Employer Identification number or Tax Payer ID number for my Arkansas Corporation?
After we form an Arkansas corporation on your behalf, we offer supporting services. We can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your Arkansas corporation. An EIN is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and to start business credit for your Arkansas corporation. If you purchase our Arkansas premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your Arkansas corporation.
How do I form an Arkansas S Corporation?
It is important to understand that your Arkansas S corporation starts as a general stock corporation (C corporation). To obtain or to form an Arkansas S corporation, you must file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Forming an Arkansas S corporation simply means the corporation is taxed like a partnership or LLC with a pass through tax structure. Make sure to check with your accountant or the IRS for limitations or read about Arkansas C corporations below. By obtaining S corporation status in Arkansas, it eliminates double taxation and the corporation generally does not file a tax return. On their tax return, the Arkansas S corporation's shareholders include their share of the Arkansas Corporation's separately stated items of income, deduction, loss, and credit, and their share of non-separately stated income or loss.
What are the advantages of a C Corporation in Arkansas?
Generally most people form Arkansas C corporations that plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock. Since Arkansas S corporations cannot have more than 75 shareholders, choosing to maintain an Arkansas C corporation allows for 76 shareholders or more. An Arkansas C corporation can have multiple classes of stock such as preferred and common shares. An Arkansas C corporation will be double taxed since both the corporate entity and the individual owners have to file tax returns. However, an Arkansas S corporation can only be owned by individuals that are U.S. citizens or registered aliens, issue only one type of stock, and are limited to no more than 75 shareholders.
How do I obtain or prepare corporate bylaws for my Arkansas Corporation?
If you purchase our premium package, Sun will prepare the initial bylaws (standard language) for your Arkansas corporation and include meeting minutes (MS Word format) that you can prepare as needed.
What are the corporate bylaws and why are they so important for my Arkansas corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your Arkansas corporation The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most Arkansas bylaws contain the number of directors and their names. Arkansas bylaws also contain the names of the officers for the titles: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Another important part of Arkansas corporation bylaws is to create "rules" on how the Arkansas corporation can open a bank account, take out loans, write checks, enter into contracts, obtain business credit, and issue stock certificates to its shareholders. Most Arkansas bylaws will reference a list of shareholders in alphabetical order that includes Arkansas shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the Arkansas corporation, and the amount of shares the shareholder owns in the Arkansas corporation.
What is an Arkansas corporate seal?
After the Arkansas corporation prepares its bylaws or has Sun prepare the bylaws, the Arkansas corporation will need a corporate seal. A corporate seal is a handheld device that imprints paper with the corporation's name, state of formation, and date the Arkansas corporation was formed. Many banks and other lending institutes require Arkansas corporations to possess and use a corporation seal on business documents or loan papers. All Arkansas corporation kits that Sun sells contain a handheld corporate seal embosser.
What is an Arkansas corporate kit?
The Arkansas corporate kit is typically a hardbound binder that contains all of the Arkansas corporation's important documents such as the Arkansas Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. All the Arkansas corporation kits that Sun sells include having the Arkansas corporation's name hot stamped (professional imprint of the Arkansas corporation's name) on the spine. Most Arkansas corporation kits come with a slipcase to keep the binder safe. Some corporate kits are made with a slipcase built in. The choice is yours.
Another important part of an Arkansas corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the Arkansas corporate kits that Sundoc sells contain 20 custom stock certificates that include the Arkansas corporation's name, the amount of shares, the par value the corporation is authorized to issue, and the title of President and Secretary below the signature lines. If you have already formed your Arkansas corporation, you can order an Arkansas corporate kit by placing the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page.
Now that you have formed your Arkansas corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided upon whether to elect S corporation status or remain a C corporation, prepared the Arkansas bylaws, issued shares of stock, and used your seal embosser, it is time to verify which local city and/or county tax licenses your business will need. The best place to start is your city hall or county recorder's office. Take the time to verify your areas business licensing requirements. For those of you who plan to run your Arkansas corporation out of your home, check with your city or county to find out if a work at home permit is required. Once your licensing requirements are met, it is time to start operating your Arkansas corporation