Arkansas LLC Operating Agreement Templates

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An Arkansas LLC operating agreement is a legal document that offers benefits to the member(s), most importantly, it separates and protects all of the members’ personal property. The document also offers tax advantages to the business and its contributing members.

Although Arkansas has no filing requirement for the document, the Secretary of State demands that companies file an annual franchise report, due by May 1st of each year following the initial formation. The cost shall be $150.00 annually and, if paid online, there will be a $5.00 online filing fee.

Operating Agreement Laws – § 4-32-405

Small Business Entity Tax Pass-Through Act – Title 4, Subtitle 3, Chapter 32

State Definition – § 4-32-102(11)

Table of Contents

By Type (2)

Multi-Member LLC Operating Agreement – To be used by entities who will share a partnership (member management) with multiple contributing members. The document will list all members and provide in writing an outline of agreement between the members as to procedures and policies of the company’s daily operations.

Download: Adobe PDFMS Word (.docx)OpenDocument


Single-Member LLC Operating Agreement – The document would be used only by a single owner or sole proprietor of a business. The document would offer protections that are vital to a business that is run primarily by the owner of the business. The document outlines policies and procedures just as any business would and offers the same protections and tax advantages.

Download: Adobe PDFMS Word (.docx)OpenDocument


How to Form an LLC in Arkansas

It is of the utmost importance that you check the availability of your business name before proceeding to file with the Arkansas Secretary of State. By performing a search of their Name Database, you can make certain that your desired operating name is indeed available for use and not currently registered by another business. Be sure that the name includes the words Limited Liability Company, or an accepted abbreviation (LLC, L.L.C.).

Step 1 – Articles of Organization/Certificate of Registration

Choose the type of LLC that you would like to create; Domestic or Foreign. The Arkansas Secretary of State allows both Foreign and Domestic applications to be submitted Online and by Adobe PDF format.

  • Domestic – Articles of Organization
    • Online – scroll down and select Articles of Organization for Domestic LLC – LL-01
    • Adobe PDF
  • Foreign – Certificate of Registration
    • Online – scroll down and select App. for Certificate of Registration of For. LLC – FL-01
    • Adobe PDF

Step 2 – Filing Fee

Applicants will be required to supply a filing fee upon submission of their registration documents. The fees for each LLC type are:

  • Domestic
    • Online – $45
    • Adobe PDF – $50
  • *Foreign
    • Online – $270
    • Adobe PDF – $300

*A Certificate of Good Standing or like document issued from the initial jurisdiction of formation is required for all foreign applications.

Those filing via Adobe PDF must attach to their filings a check made payable to the Arkansas Secretary of State. All articles must then be sent by mail to the below address.

Business and Commercial Services, 1401 W. Capital, Suite 250, Little Rock, AR 72201

Step 3 – Operating Agreement

An operating agreement is a document used to legally define the rights and responsibilities of the Managing Member(s). The agreement states clearly the financial structure of the business as well as the capital contributions invested by those involved. There is no legal obligation to draft this document though it is highly advisable as it may be of great use in the event of future legal disputes.

Step 4 – Employer Identification Number (EIN)

The Employer Identification Number (EIN) is what the IRS uses to identify businesses for tax purposes, much like a Social Security Number. It allows the LLC to perform financial transactions legally using the company name. Acquiring an EIN will be necessary to hire employees, register for bank accounts, apply for credit cards, and the like. It can be applied for directly on the IRS Website or by mail using PDF Form SS-4.

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