The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has announced that effective March 15, 2021, all franchise taxes will go back to being paid to the Secretary of State. Franchise tax filing/payment through Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point (ATAP) who took on the role on January 1, 2021 no longer will be available beginning March 12, 2021 at 3:00 a.m. The Secretary of State will continue to be the first point of contact when starting a new business in Arkansas as well as any activity related to the organizational structure of an entity.