Arkansas Nonprofit Compliance

Required annual filings

This guide covers the required filings to maintain a nonprofit corporation in Arkansas. If you are looking to form nonprofit in Arkansas, please visit our Start Your Arkansas Nonprofit guide. The steps below apply to nonprofits that are both incorporated and foreign qualified in Arkansas. Please note that this is a general list and may not be exhaustive or applicable to all nonprofits.

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1 File IRS Form 990
Agency:Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
2 File Arkansas Corporate Tax Exemption Renewals

Not required



Exemptions do not need to be renewed in Arkansas.

More information: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
3 File Arkansas Sales Tax Exemption Renewals

Not required



Arkansas does not offer general exemptions to sales tax, so there is no renewal.

More information: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
4 File Arkansas Annual Report
Agency:Arkansas Secretary of State - Business and Commercial Services Division (BCS)
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

Arkansas Code Annotated § 4-33-131 

5 Renew the Charitable Solicitation Registration

Arkansas Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Arkansas Secretary of State - Business and Commercial Services Division (BCS) (Charities)
Law:

Arkansas Code Ann. § 4-28-401 et seq.

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

Exemptions do not expire as long as the organization continues to qualify under the exemption criteria.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • One signature of officer, director, or incorporator required.
  • Some Arkansas counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

File the short year form with the updated fiscal year information.

6Maintain a Arkansas Registered Agent

Maintain a registered agent that has a street address in Arkansas. The registered agent is responsible for receiving legal documents such as service of process. Appointing a registered agent service is often preferable to listing an officer or director, as their information often changes. Consider using our registered agent service in Mountain Home , AR to maintain compliance with the state requirement.


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