Quick Reference Filing Guide to Arizona

Arizona

Arizona’s website incorporates a considerable amount of information into a small space, yet doesn’t manage to feel cramped. There’s a frequently asked questions’ section that focuses on providing services to Arizona residents. The site also lets you go directly to a listing of agencies, boards, and other government bodies, or to different communities and counties in the state. The link to the kid’s page is highly recommended if you would like to learn more about Arizona.

Secretary of State

The Secretary of State in Arizona is involved in recording the election process, overseeing departments which record U.C.C. and corporate filings and providing information regarding the Arizona Administrative Code. The Administrative code is available for purchase in whole or in part, and includes the rules of many of the agencies of the state. An online version of many, but not all of the rules is also available at their site. The Department of Commerce may be more helpful at this time in giving you an understanding of how to go about starting and maintaining a business in Arizona. The Arizona Corporation Commission (below) is involved in the incorporation process in Arizona.

Business Registration

The Corporation Commission is responsible for overseeing incorporation in the State of Arizona. Documents are filed with this office for incorporation, registration of foreign corporations, and amendments to corporations. They receive and respond to questions about Arizona business, and Arizona business laws. Checklists and forms regarding the incorporation process may be downloaded at their site, and answers to frequently asked questions and directions for ordering a booklet on the “Business Corporation Act”,which can be purchased from the Commission for $ 5.00, is available.

Business Services

The Business Services section of the Secretary of State’s pages includes information about UCC filings, trademarks and trade names, partnerships, and charitable organizations. The documents and forms on these pages are in adobe acrobat format, so make certain that you have downloaded the adobe acrobat plug-in.

Commerce

The Department of Commerce sent us the following helpful information: "We encourage you to visit our website at www.azcommerce.com and lick on "Small Business Services" for additional resources. At this site the "Arizona Business Connection" will walk you through what you need to know to start or expand your business, and a customized report pertaining to your business needs will be created online moments later. Your report will enable you to link over and download most of the forms you may need, and provides you with telephone numbers and addresses if you wish to contact any agency or organization directly. You have the opportunity at the end to email this report to yourself or a friend or call the Arizona Business Connection at 800.542.5684 with any additional questions."

Taxes

Unclaimed property, Arizona Tax Facts, and tax forms are some of the features on the pages of the Arizona Department of Revenue. Tax forms can be downloaded for: individual income, corporate income, withholding, transaction privilege (sales), credits, partnership, fiduciary, and others. The Small Business Services page is helpful for those starting out in business.

Legislature

The Arizona Legislative Information System (ALIS) is your guide to pending legislation, the Arizona Revised Statutes, Committee agendas, district maps, and session laws. It is a comprehensive, and easy to use site. The frequently asked questions section is a good guide to the information presented on their site.