Arkansas Secretary-of-State Business Search: What Is This?
Arkansas Secretary of state Business Search is required in order to confirm that the LLC name a company would like is still available. You must follow these steps to find an Arkansas LLC.
- Visit the Business Entity Search Page
- You can use the dropdown menu to narrow your search by choosing the type corporation.
- You can enter the LLC name into the “Name” box, but do not include LLC
- Click “Search”, to locate Arkansas-related businesses.
Checking this website may not be enough. Business owners may also want to contact the United States Patent and Trademark Office to see if there are conflicting rights which could hinder them from registering their business.
Tips for Conducting the Arkansas State Department of State Business Search
These fields should be ignored
- Fictitious Name
- Registered Agent
- RA City
If you haven’t found any records you can be sure that you are free and ready to register the LLC for your business.
Filing Articles in Organization
Create an LLC in Arkansas by filing Articles of Organization with Arkansas Secretary of state. These are the information you need to include when you file articles.
- The name and address the LLC
- The registered agents
- Whether or not the organization is managed by a manager
Information from the Secretary of States
The Arkansas Secretary-of-State charges $50 for filing an article about organization. You can file online for $45 or on paper for $50. You can submit your filing by 3 p.m. on the same day. However, if you submit it after that, it will not be recorded until the next day.
Act 1008 of 2007 states that just because you applied for an entity number doesn’t mean you get the right from the Arkansas secretary of state to use it. Once the filing is complete, you will receive the application via mail.
If the Arkansas Secretary of States has any additional questions or queries regarding your filing, they will call at the provided number.
Preparing an operating agreement
In the case sole proprietorship , or general partner, you will need a fictitious title. This agreement can be used to register your business with the county clerk, under the Assumed Nomination Certificate. Your fictitious identity must also be registered with Arkansas Secretary of State.
An IRS employee identification number is required for every member of an LLC. Even if your LLC doesn’t have employees, this EIN must be applied for. To apply for the EIN, complete an online application at the IRS website.
Register for Arkansas Tax
Once the operating agreements are in place you will need to apply and obtain the licenses required for your business. You will need to apply for taxation and get identification numbers. There are several business taxation schemes that can be applied to new entities.
- Withholding tax
- Sales and use tax
- Unemployment insurance tax
- Franchise tax
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s tax web page has more information. You will find the answers to your specific questions.
All LLCs will need to pay $150 minimum tax to Arkansas Secretary.
Each year, you must submit a HTML2_ Form detailing your withheld taxes.
Frequently Asked questions
- Who can become a registered agent
A registered agent is any individual or entity who is a full time resident of Arkansas.
- Arkansas LLC: What are the steps?
An Arkansas Secretary of State can issue an Article of Organization to create an LLC.
- How can I ensure that the chosen LLC name stands out?
It is vital that the name of your LLC is unique to your organization. This is not the case for all Arkansas businesses.