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Arkansas Franchise Tax and Annual Report Service and Filing Instructions

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THE ARKANSAS ANNUAL FRANCHISE TAX REPORT FILING

Arkansas corporations and LLCs must pay the Arkansas Franchise Tax each year by May 1. This franchise tax is essentially the state’s version of an annual report. Foreign corporations and LLCs pay the same fees as domestic businesses. You can complete the filing online on the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website. Or, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle you can hire us to complete the Annual Franchise Tax Report on your company’s behalf.

Annual Reports
Nonprofits, LPs, LLPs, and LLLPs are are not required to pay the Arkansas Franchise Tax, however, each entity type must file an annual report. If you file the annual report online, you can do so for free, however, you must pay the state’s $5 online transaction fee. Partnerships that file their annual reports with paper form are required to submit a $15 filing fee. To learn how to file Arkansas Franchise Taxes and annual reports on your own, keep reading:

*Arkansas Secretary of State charges a $5.00 convenience fee for online transactions
Arkansas Franchise Tax/Annual Report
Business Type Cost Due Date How to File
Corporations w/Stock $150 (or 0.3% of the outstanding capital stock) May 1 Online or Paper Form
Corporations w/o Stock $300 May 1 Online or Paper Form
Limited Liability Company (LLC) $150 May 1 Online or Paper Form
Nonprofit $0 August 1 Online or Paper Form
LPs, LLPs, LLLPs $0 May 1 Online, Paper ($15 to file using the paper form)

HOW TO FILE YOUR ARKANSAS ANNUAL FRANCHISE TAX:

Arkansas Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
Arkansas Corporations and LLCs, domestic and foreign, pay an annual franchise tax, which serves as the Arkansas annual report.

There are two options for filing your Arkansas Annual Franchise Tax Report.

  1. File the Franchise Tax Yourself
    Visit the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website. Find the Business & Commercial Services section and perform a business name search for your business. Simply enter your business name and click on the appropriate entry. Once you’ve found your company in the state database, click “Pay Franchise Tax For This Company” at the bottom of your company listing. Complete the form and submit it with the appropriate payment amount either online or submit a hard copy through the mail.Before submitting the Franchise Tax payment, be prepared to list and confirm the following information :

    • Business Name
    • Federal Tax ID Number
    • New Registered Agent Information (if you’re changing registered agents in Arkansas)
    • Names and addresses of each Member/Manager (for LLCs) and Officers/Directors (for corporations)
    • The name of your tax preparer
    • Electronic signature
  2. Hire Us
    For $250, we’ll file your annual report, you don’t have to worry about it, and you can stop reading this page now.

How Do I File an Arkansas Annual Report?

The following entities do not pay an annual Franchise Tax, however, they must submit an annual report. The annual reports have no filing fees (unless an LP, LLP, or LLLP files by paper–$15 fee).

Arkansas Nonprofits: Domestic and foreign nonprofit corporations in Arkansas file an annual report rather than a franchise tax report. You may mail in the paper form or file it online for no fee. Additionally, charities file an annual registration renewal with the Arkansas Attorney General. The annual charity renewal form

Arkansas Limited Partnerships (LPs), Arkansas Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs), and Arkansas Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (LLLPs): According to § 4-47-210, these partnerships registered to do business in Arkansas, foreign and domestic, shall submit an annual report to the Arkansas Secretary of State between January 1 and May 1. The report must state the following information:

  • Name of the partnership
  • Street and mailing addresses
  • Foreign partnerships must also list their home states and principal address in that state

When are Arkansas Annual Reports Due?

All Arkansas Annual Franchise Tax Reports, including Arkansas LLCs, are due no later than May 1st. Arkansas partnerships must also file annual reports by May 1 of each year.
Nonprofit annual reports are due by August 1st.
Charities file their annual renewal by May 15th to the office of the attorney general.

What is the cost to file the Arkansas Annual Franchise Tax Report?

AR Corps, domestic, foreign, professional with authorized stocks: $150
AR Corps, domestic, foreign, professional without authorized stocks: $300
AR LLCs, domestic and foreign: $150
AR Nonprofits, domestic and foreign: $0
AR Charities: $0
Arkansas has a $5 transaction fee for online filings.

What are the penalty fees for a delinquent Annual Franchise Tax Report?

$25 late fee penalty plus interest added daily.

How do I get notified?

Arkansas will not notify you, but if ‘Northwest’ is your Arkansas registered agent, we will send you reminder notifications by email.

Do I have to file an initial report?

No initial report is required when starting a business in Arkansas.

Who can file Arkansas Annual reports?

A member, manager, corporate officer or authorized third party. An officer of the Charity must sign the renewal in front of a notary public.

Are original signatures needed?

Yes, unless you file online.

Resources:

Business & Commercial Services Division
P.O. Box 8014
Little Rock, AR 72203-8014
Phone: (501) 682-3409
Email: corprequest@sos.arkansas.gov

Office of Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
323 Center Street, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72201-2610
Phone: (501) 682-6150

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  1. Instant annual compliance service for only $250 (includes state fees).
  2. Guaranteed professionally prepared and submitted Franchise Tax.
  3. Guaranteed not to miss your Franchise Tax deadline.
  4. No hassles, no worries, no hidden fees, no kidding.
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