Catapult your business success in the thriving business landscape of Arkansas by strategically filing your Certificate of Incorporation. Explore our comprehensive guide below to seamlessly navigate the incorporation process and position your venture for prosperity in the dynamic business terrain of the Natural State.
Articles of Incorporation are the foundation of a corporation. Arkansas law requires each business entity to file Articles of Incorporation with the Arkansas Secretary of State before commencing business. These Articles of Incorporation contain:
In addition to the mandatory information listed above, the Articles of Incorporation could include information such as the names of the corporate officers, management, and limitations on the corporate officers’ authority. They can also impose liability on the officers for debts of the corporation.
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The Arkansas Secretary of State requires corporate entities to file Articles of Incorporation so the business can operate lawfully in the state. Your company won’t receive the legal protections corporations enjoy if the Articles of Incorporation were never filed. Consequently, anytime you need to change, update, or add to Articles of Incorporation, you must file the changes with the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Filing amendments to your corporation’s Articles of Incorporation serves several purposes. First, the Articles of Incorporation are public information. The Secretary of State has this information readily available for any member of the public to view. Secondly, the Articles of Incorporation designate an agent for service of process. Finally, the Articles of Incorporation contain information for compliance and auditing purposes.
Your Arkansas corporation cannot obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the Arkansas Secretary of State if your Articles of Incorporation are not current. Foreign states require a current certificate of good standing to operate in their jurisdiction. Additionally, banks and lending institutions require a current certificate of standing to obtain financing. Thus, you limit your company’s growth potential.
Not every change made to the corporation needs to be amended to the Articles of Incorporation. However, all changes made to the original information included in the Articles of Incorporation obligate you to file an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation.
When filing your amendment, you should provide all supporting documentation for the changes. Also, you need to file the amended Articles of Incorporation with the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Arkansas law recognizes three forms of a Certificate of Amendment. The particular form to follow depends on whether shares are exchanged with the amendment or whether the corporation came into existence before 1987. (Arkansas refers to “old code” and “new code” when referring to the Certificate of Amendment.)
All amendments to the Articles of Incorporation under the “new code” can be filed online. The Secretary of State will accept a digital signature on these forms. Any “old code” corporations must submit amendments via mail. The Secretary of State will return a copy to you once filed then you must file the copy in the county clerk’s office where your corporate office is located. You have 60 days to file the amended form in the county clerk’s office.
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Arkansas law has only a few limitations as to what you could include in your Certificate of Amendment. You should file an amended certificate when you:
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In Arkansas, a Certificate of Amendment is the form to use if you’re adding information to the original Articles of Incorporation, when you restate your Articles of Incorporation, or when combining multiple articles into one document. On the other hand, Articles of Correction fix ministerial mistakes such as correcting a spelling error or contact information.
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Public and closely held corporations may need to file an Arkansas Certificate of Amendment. A nonprofit corporation may need to file as well as professional corporations.
The Arkansas Secretary of State charges a fee for each Certificate of Amendment filed. The fee depends on whether your amendment added shares or not. You should review the fee schedule every time you file a document with the Secretary of State to help ensure you submit the correct fee.
Usually, a corporate officer has the authority to sign and file a Certificate of Amendment.
You should file your Certificate of Amendment with the Arkansas Secretary of State. You need to file online if your company became incorporated under the “new code” after 1987.
A Certificate of Amendment and an annual report are not the same. However, Arkansas allows you to change officers when filing your annual franchise tax report in addition to filing an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation.
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