Register in Arkansas

Arkansas tax agencies

  • Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration - income tax withholding
  • Arkansas Department of Workforce Services - unemployment tax

Set up an existing company

If you've run payroll in Arkansas previously, you can find your Withholding Account ID (also called a DFA Account ID) on Payment Vouchers received from the Department of Finance and Administration. If you're unsure of your number you can call the agency at (501) 682-7290. 

You can find your DWS ID for unemployment tax on Rate Notices of the Quarterly Contribution and Wage Report (Form DWS-ARK-209B) received from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

Experience Rate: The AR Experience Rate appears on the Rate Notice that you receive from the Arkansas Dept. of Workforce Services as well. This tax can range from 0.4%–14.3%, and it has a wage base of $12,000.

If you're unsure of your account number or rate you can call the agency at (501) 682-3798. 

Register a new company

Income tax

Register with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration to receive your DFA Account ID. A helpful tutorial for this can be found here.

  1. Go to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point (ATAP).
  2. Click on New Business Registration under "Other" to first register your business with the state and obtain a tax account ID.
  3. Once you have your tax account ID, navigate back to the ATAP login page, and click Sign Up.

You should receive your DFA Account ID and deposit schedule by mail in 1-2 weeks. Please keep this time frame in mind when planning your first Arkansas payroll. If you have any questions you should call the agency at (501) 682-7290.

Unemployment tax

If you employ one or more workers in a calendar year or pay $1,000 or more to an employee in a quarter you will be liable for state unemployment tax. You will register to pay this with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services by completing the online registration here. It should take about 5 minutes to complete, and you'll receive a confirmation via email.

Experience Rate: The AR Experience Rate appears on the Rate Notice that you receive from the Arkansas Dept. of Workforce Services. New employers should complete the employer registration process to get their new employer rate, which is generally 3.2%, with a wage base of $12,000. If you're unsure, verify your rate by calling the agency at (501) 682-3798.

Employees in Texarkana

If your business has employees who live in Texarkana, Arkansas, or who live in Texarkana, Texas and work in Texarkana, Arkansas, they qualify for an exemption from Arkansas withholding tax. 

If either of these scenarios applies to your business, please have each eligible employee sign Form AR4EC(TX). You should also let the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration know that you have at least one exempt employee. Please email chris.rice@dfa.arkansas.gov the following information:

  • Subject: Requesting AR-TX Exemption Forms
  • Body: Hello - My business has at least one employee who qualifies for the Texarkana withholding exemption. Can you please provide me with any forms that I need, and note this exemption for the DFA records?
  • Business Name:__________
  • Business FEIN:___________
  • Withholding Account Number:________
  • Business Address:_________

Troubleshoot Department of Finance and Administration authorization issues

Some agencies require special authorization for Gusto to pay or file your taxes.

To ensure successful authorization, please verify that you have added the ‘withholding’ tax type to your account. Please also make sure the following information you have entered in your Gusto account matches what is on file with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration:

  • Official company name/address
  • FEIN - Federal Employment Identification Number
  • Withholding ID number
  • Zip Code
  • Last amount paid to the Department of Finance and Administration

If Gusto is having trouble gaining access to your account, please verify that the above information matches exactly what the agency has on file by calling them at (501) 683-2827 or (877) 280-2827.

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