IF YOU NEED MORE TIME
If you request an extension of time to file your federal income tax return (by filing federal Form 4868 with the IRS) you are entitled to receive the same extension on your Arkansas income tax return. The federal automatic extension extends the deadline to file until October 15th.
The Department no longer requires that a copy of federal Form 4868 be attached to your state tax return. When your Arkansas return is complete and ready to file, simply check the box on the face of the return indicating you filed a federal extension.
If you do not file a federal extension, you can file an Arkansas extension using Form AR1055-IT before the filing due date of April 15th. Inability to pay is not a valid reason to request an Arkansas extension. Send your request to:
Individual Income Tax Section
P.O. Box 8149
Little Rock, AR 72203-8149
NOTE: The maximum extension that will be granted to an individual on an AR1055- IT is one hundred and eighty (180) days, extending the due date until October 15th.
When you file your return, check the box indicating you filed a state extension. If the box on the front of your return is not checked, you will not receive credit for your federal or state extension.
An extension extends the amount of time to file your return, but does not extend the amount of time to pay. Any tax due must be paid by April 15, 2020 to avoid failure to pay penalty and interest.
Payments made on extension should be made using the voucher attached to Form AR1055-IT.