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Arkansas Changes Filing Office and Annual Report Due Date for Nonprofit Charities

By: Ron Barrett, COGENCY GLOBAL on Thu, Jan 04, 2018


Pursuant to Arkansas House Bill 2044, which was effective January 1, 2018, the filing office for charitable solicitation registrations and annual financial report filings in Arkansas has been changed to the Business and Commercial Services Division of the Arkansas Secretary of State. 

Previously, the Charitable Registration Bureau, an office in the Consumer Protection Division of the Arkansas Office of the Attorney General, was responsible for processing these filings. Here is the new address for filings and additional contact information:

Arkansas Secretary of State
Business and Commercial Services Division
1401 West Capitol, Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-0094 Fax: 501-682-3437
E-mail: charities@sos.arkansas.gov

Change in Annual Report Due Date and Updated Forms

Another important change is that charitable annual financial report filings are now due August 1st, rather than 4.5 months after an organization’s fiscal year end. This new due date for charities soliciting in Arkansas, also happens to be the existing due date for corporate annual report filings for nonprofits conducting business in Arkansas…please be careful not to confuse these two filing requirements (charitable vs. corporate). For organizations not able to file the charitable annual financial report by August 1st, a six-month extension (to February 1st) can be requested via e-mail. Make sure to include the words “Annual Financial Report Extension” in the subject line of the email. There is no extension available for filing the corporate annual report.

The forms for initial charitable registrations and annual financial reporting are the same and have been updated to reflect the new filing office. These forms and other helpful information can be found on the Secretary of State’s website. Filings can be submitted via mail or e-mail to the new filing office. (Note that Arkansas will soon be able to accept filings online.)

Questions? Contact Charities Registration Office

If you have questions, please contact the Charities Registration office via e-mail, phone or mail using the contact info provided above. You can also contact our Nonprofit Team directly or leave your questions in the comment section below and we will get back to you promptly. 


This article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered, or relied upon, as legal advice. 

Topics: Nonprofit Registration and Compliance, Charitable Solicitation Registration