Start a Business in Arkansas
This page was last fact-checked January 22, 2014.
This guide provides step-by-step paperwork, filing fees, and processing times to start your business. It will help you file formation documents, obtain tax IDs, and set up company records. Please note:
- The registration process varies by business structure. If you have not decided whether you want to form an LLC, corporation, or other business structure, click here.
- The registration process also varies by state. If you do not wish to form your business in Arkansas, click here.
Paperwork, cost, time and step-by-step instructions
Below is an overview of the paperwork, cost, and time to form each of the most popular business structures. Click the structure to view step-by-step formation instructions.
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Top 5 Tips on Registering a Business in Arkansas
- Pay attention to your corporate suffix - for example, "Corporation", "LLC", or "Co.". Arkansas requires such a corporate designator and offers a short list of permissible suffixes.
- Filing documents with the Arkansas Secretary of State is actually pretty easy. You can file them online and they'll be processed in 2-3 business days.
- Arkansas offers a consolidated state tax registration application. Apply at least 2 weeks before the taxable activity begins. But do not submit more than 60 days prior to opening date.
- Corporations must keep certain records at their Arkansas registered office or principal place of business. We'll get into the detail later of exactly what records and what locations are permissible.
- You must file a Franchise Tax Report with the Arkansas Secretary of State each year . You may be more familiar with the term used in other states - an "annual report".