Those wishing to incorporate within the state of Arkansas must file with the Secretary of State and pay the appropriate filing fee ($45 to $300 depending on the type of entity and the mode of payment). With exception to benefit corporations, all filing can also be done using the Secretary of State government website and must be in accordance with the 2010 Arkansas Code, Title 4, Chapter 26, or Chapter 27. Those filing as a benefit corporation must do so through the mail with conformity to the 2014 Arkansas Code, Title 4, Chapter 7.
How to File
Step 1- Code § 4-27-401 states that all entities within the state of Arkansas must file under a name which is unique and distinguishable from that of all other registered entities. A Business Entity Search can be conducted on the Secretary of State website to check the availability of your desired name. A name can also be reserved for a period of 120 days before filing. This process can be accomplished by filing a Name Reservation application either online or through the mail.
Step 2- With a name secured, proceed by submitting the requisite filing information either online or by PDF. Each filing procedure has been detailed within the links below. Click on the link that matches your business type to learn more about the exact requirements.
Step 3- Once your filing information has been supplied you will be required to pay for the filing fee. Online filers can pay using their credit card or through the use of an INA account. The filing fees for domestic entities are $50 for paper applications and $45 for online applications. Foreign applicants should expect to pay $270 when filing online and $300 if filing through the mail. Once payment has been accepting online the registration process is complete. Paper filers must provide a check made out to the Arkansas Secretary of State and proceed to Step 4.
Step 4- Lastly, you will need to send your completed application and the filing fee to the address below. Foreign applicants will be required to provide a certificate of good standing issued from the initial jurisdiction of formation.
Business & Commercial Services
1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72201
EIN– All corporations will be required to apply for an Employer Identification Number as soon as acceptance of formation has been received from the Secretary of State. This number is used by IRS for identification purposes. In order for an entity to successfully hire staff and conduct financial transactions, an EIN must be obtained. The application process has been described in our tutorial found within the link at the heading of this paragraph. You may also apply directly Online on the IRS website or through the mail with the PDF Form SS-4.
Corporate Bylaws– While this form is not required in the state of Arkansas, it is highly recommended as it will detail the rules, regulations, managing responsibilities and the capital contributions of each members. A free template of this document has been provided within the link at the heading of this paragraph. For your convenience we have supplied the template in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats.
Renewal– Non-profit corporations in Arkansas will be required to submit an annual report to the Secretary of State in order to remain in good standing. Filers will be able to submit their reports online using their filing # (find your filing # with a business search). This process will update the state with any major changes to the business that may have occurred in the previous year. The link at the heading of this paragraph will take you to the government website where you can submit your report.