Starting a Business in Arkansas Checklist

Check business name availability with the Arkansas Secretary of State

You can perform a business name search here:

Name reservations are not required in Arkansas.

Do a trademark search here:

Arkansas Secretary of State

Secretary of State
Business & Commercial Services
Victory Building
1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72201

File paperwork to form my business

Form your Arkansas corporation or Arkansas LLC! You can file online at You could file a paper form, but filing online in Arkansas is quick and easy. The filing fee is $50 for an Arkansas corporation or LLC. The Arkansas Secretary of State will take about 2 business days to process your articles of incorporation or organization.

Arkansas has a streamlined formation website for forming your business entity.

To complete a formation filing, you’ll need the following information:

Business name

Authorized share information (corporations only)

Name and addresses of organizers/incorporators

Primary business purpose

Name and address of registered agent

To learn more about the incorporation process or if you feel intimidated about filing the legal paperwork with the state, you can incorporate in Arkansas with Northwest Registered Agent.

Business & Commercial Services

Secretary of State
Business & Commercial Services
Victory Building
1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72201

Register with the Department of Revenue

You can register with the Arkansas DFA by completing the Combined Business Tax Registration Form. You can use the combined form to register for all types of tax including sales, income, and withholding.The Combined Business Tax Registration Form is available online at:

Sales Tax:

Arkansas has a 6% state sales tax. Businesses in Arkansas have to collect sales tax if they sell goods or services.
In addition to the state sales tax, new businesses also have to collect any applicable city and county sales taxes. The DFA provides a list of local sales taxes:

Income Tax:

Individual Income tax rates range from 1% to 7%
Corporate income tax rates range from 1% to 6.5%

Department of Finance

Department of Finance and Administration
1509 West 7th Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Get a business license

There is no general state business license but you may need a business license based on your location or occupation. Always check with your city and county government for details.Any other registration requirements?Additional registrations may depend on the type of business you do. Keep in mind that you may need certain permits or an occupational license, in addition to any business licenses.

Benton County:

Benton County doesn’t issue business licenses. Neither does the City of Bentonville. For a guide to doing business in the Bentonville:

Washington County:

Washington County doesn’t issue business licenses but the city of Fayetteville does. You can get a Fayetteville business license online.

Local License Info

City of Bentonville
Community and Economic Development
305 SW A Street
Bentonville, AR 72714

City of Fayetteville

Development Services
125 W Mountain Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Collect and Charge Sales Tax

Do I need to collect Arkansas sales tax?

Vendors doing business in Arkansas need a sales tax permit from the state.

What is the Arkansas sales tax rate?

Arkansas has 6% state sales tax. In addition to the state sales tax, businesses also have to register for any applicable city and county sales taxes.

How do I register for Arkansas sales tax?

You may register online at or you may file the Combined Business Registration form. This form is available on the Department of Finance and Administration website at
You can mail or hand-deliver the form. You should apply at least 2 weeks before beginning business in Arkansas.

How much does an Arkansas sales tax permit cost?

There is a $50 application fee for the sales tax permit.

Department of Finance and Administration
Revenue Division

Combined Registration Unit
PO Box 8123
Little Rock, AR 72203-8123

Combined Registration Unit
1816 West 7th Street, Room 1354
Little Rock, AR 72201

P: (501) 682-7104
F: (501) 682-7904