Deadline & Extensions
The due date for filing your Arkansas Individual Income Tax return is April 15. If April 15 falls on a weekend or a holiday, your return is due on the next business day. If you file a federal or State of Arkansas Extension and you file your return before the deadline, you will not be charged for any late filing penalties for filing the tax return past the original due date. Interest and any applicable failure to pay penalty will be charged on all tax due returns from the original due date until the date you file the income tax return.
If you have already filed a federal extension, you do not have to file a state extension. The State of Arkansas will honor an accepted federal extension and your due date will be the same as the federal return. You will need to check the appropriate box on the front of your Arkansas return when you file.
If you file an Application for Automatic Extension of Time (Federal form 4868), you will not receive an approved copy back from the Internal Revenue Service. You will need to check the appropriate box on the front of your Arkansas return when you file.
If you want to file specifically for a State of Arkansas Extension, you must file Arkansas Form AR1055. This form must state a reason for the extension and be postmarked on or before April 15. Inability to pay will not be honored as a valid reason for an extension of time to file.
The federal and State of Arkansas extensions will extend the time to file your tax return 180 days or October 15th for calendar year filers.
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