Things You'll Need
Determine whether you need to file state income taxes for Arkansas. For full-year residents, this depends on your filing status and income. You need to file a return if you are single with a gross income of $7,800 or more as of 2010. Heads of household must file if their income is greater than $12,100 and married couples and widows and widowers with dependent children must file if their income is greater than $15,500.
Choose the tax form you need to file. AR1000S is the simplest form but is the most restrictive. You use this form if you were a full-year resident, you are claiming only personal credits and credit for child and dependent care, you are not filing as Married Filing Separately and your income is only from wages, tips, interest, dividends and miscellaneous income, according to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Full-year residents who fall outside these requirements should file AR1000. Part-time residents and non-residents should use form AR1000NR.
Complete the appropriate tax form. The form will look very similar to a federal tax form and asks for much of the same information pertaining to income and deductions. Attach your W-2 forms to the front of the return
and make sure you sign the return. If you file a joint return, your spouse will also need to sign the return.
File your tax forms by April 15. You can mail the forms and your check for any taxes owed to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. If you are receiving a refund mail the return to DFA State Income Tax, P.O. Box 1000, Little Rock, AR 72203-1000. If you owe tax, mail the return to: DFA State Income Tax, P.O. Box 2144, Little Rock, AR 72203-2144. If no tax is owed, mail your return to: DFA State Income Tax, P.O. Box 8026, Little Rock, AR 72203-8026. These addresses should be on peel-off labels on your tax booklet. Checks should be made payable to the Department of Finance and Administration.
File your returns electronically for a faster return, if you file your federal taxes electronically. The exception is when your tax preparer offers Arkansas-only e-filing. You can only file your state return if you are using AR1000 or AR1000NR. If you claim the border city exemption, contributions to Arkansas Deferred Tuition Savings Program, business and incentive tax credits, Early Childhood Program Credit or the foreign income exclusion, you will need to file a paper return.