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Overview of Arkansas Taxes

Arkansas taxpayers pay some of the highest sales tax rates in the country, while also paying one of the lowest property taxes. Retired? Use our Retirement Income Tax Calculator.

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Arkansas state tax quick facts
  • Income tax: 1% - 7%
  • Sales tax: 6.5% - 12.250%
  • Property tax: 0.62% average effective rate
  • Gas tax: 21.8 cents per gallon of regular gasoline, 22.8 cents per gallon of diesel

Residents of Arkansas face some of the highest sales tax rates in the country. According to the Tax Foundation, the average sales tax rate in Arkansas in 2017 (including state and local taxes) is 9.3%, third highest in the country. On the other hand, homeowners in Arkansas pay the ninth lowest property taxes in the nation, at an average effective rate of just 0.63%.

Arkansas Income Tax

The table below shows the tax brackets for earners in Arkansas. All filing statuses face the same brackets and rates.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Arkansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $4,2990.9%
$4,300 - $8,4992.4% minus $64.49
$8,500 - $12,6993.4% minus $149.48
$12,700 - $21,1994.4% minus $276.47
$21,200 - $35,0995.0% minus $383.76
$35,100 - $75,0006.0% minus $734.75
$75,001 - $76,0006.9% minus $1,349.64
$76,001 - $77,0006.9% minus $1,249.64
$77,001 - $78,0006.9% minus $1,149.64
$78,001 - $79,0006.9% minus $1,049.64
$79,001 - $80,0006.9% minus $949.64
$80,001+6.9% minus $909.64
Married, Filing Jointly
Arkansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $4,2990.9%
$4,300 - $8,4992.4% minus $64.49
$8,500 - $12,6993.4% minus $149.48
$12,700 - $21,1994.4% minus $276.47
$21,200 - $35,0995.0% minus $383.76
$35,100 - $75,0006.0% minus $734.75
$75,001 - $76,0006.9% minus $1,349.64
$76,001 - $77,0006.9% minus $1,249.64
$77,001 - $78,0006.9% minus $1,149.64
$78,001 - $79,0006.9% minus $1,049.64
$79,001 - $80,0006.9% minus $949.64
$80,001+6.9% minus $909.64
Married, Filing Separately
Arkansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $4,2990.9%
$4,300 - $8,4992.4% minus $64.49
$8,500 - $12,6993.4% minus $149.48
$12,700 - $21,1994.4% minus $276.47
$21,200 - $35,0995.0% minus $383.76
$35,100 - $75,0006.0% minus $734.75
$75,001 - $76,0006.9% minus $1,349.64
$76,001 - $77,0006.9% minus $1,249.64
$77,001 - $78,0006.9% minus $1,149.64
$78,001 - $79,0006.9% minus $1,049.64
$79,001 - $80,0006.9% minus $949.64
$80,001+6.9% minus $909.64
Head of Household
Arkansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $4,2990.9%
$4,300 - $8,4992.4% minus $64.49
$8,500 - $12,6993.4% minus $149.48
$12,700 - $21,1994.4% minus $276.47
$21,200 - $35,0995.0% minus $383.76
$35,100 - $75,0006.0% minus $734.75
$75,001 - $76,0006.9% minus $1,349.64
$76,001 - $77,0006.9% minus $1,249.64
$77,001 - $78,0006.9% minus $1,149.64
$78,001 - $79,0006.9% minus $1,049.64
$79,001 - $80,0006.9% minus $949.64
$80,001+6.9% minus $909.64

Tax rates are applied to net taxable income in Arkansas, which is total personal income adjusted for any deductions and exemptions. Taxpayers can claim either itemized deductions or the Arkansas standard deduction. Itemized deductions in Arkansas are similar to itemized deductions allowed by the IRS. For example, real estate taxes, charitable contributions, mortgage interest and investment interest are all deductible.

The standard deduction in Arkansas is lower than the federal standard deduction. For most filers, the deduction is $2,200, but for married person’s filing jointly it is twice that amount. Filing taxes can be hard, but tax preparation software like TaxSlayer and TaxAct are meant to make it easier.

In addition to that standard deduction, some types of income are exempt from taxation in Arkansas and may be subtracted from total income to calculate net taxable income. Like most states, Arkansas does not tax Social Security benefits. Active-duty military income is fully exempt, while enlisted persons receive a $9,000 exemption and retired military personnel receive a $6,000 exemption.

Although Arkansas does not have a personal exemption, it does have a personal tax credit that reduces tax liability by $26 for each filer and each dependent. Other Arkansas credits include the political contribution credit of up to $50 per year; the child care credit, which is equal to 20% of the federal child care credit; and the credit for adoption expenses, also 20% of the federal credit.

Arkansas Sales Tax

Arkansas has some of the highest sales taxes in the country. The statewide rate is 6.5%. However, along with that state rate, counties and cities collect their own sales taxes, totaling up to 5.75%, which means the total sales tax rate in some areas is 12.250%. The table below shows rates for all counties and the largest cities in Arkansas (note that the rates listed for counties include state and county rates only, while rates listed for cities include state, county and city rates).

Sales Tax Rates (Updated October 2017)

CountyState RateCounty RateTotal Sales Tax
Arkansas6.50%1.000%7.500%
Ashley6.50%1.500%8.000%
Baxter6.50%1.000%7.500%
Benton6.50%1.000%7.500%
Boone6.50%1.250%7.750%
Bradley6.50%2.000%8.500%
Calhoun6.50%2.500%9.000%
Carroll6.50%0.500%7.000%
Chicot6.50%2.000%8.500%
Clark6.50%1.500%8.000%
Clay6.50%1.500%8.000%
Cleburne6.50%1.625%8.125%
Cleveland6.50%3.250%9.750%
Columbia6.50%1.500%8.000%
Conway6.50%1.750%8.250%
Craighead6.50%1.000%7.500%
Crawford6.50%1.750%8.250%
Crittenden6.50%2.750%9.250%
Cross6.50%2.000%8.500%
Dallas6.50%2.000%8.500%
Desha6.50%1.500%8.000%
Drew6.50%2.250%8.750%
Faulkner6.50%0.500%7.000%
Franklin6.50%1.500%8.000%
Fulton6.50%2.000%8.500%
Garland6.50%1.500%8.000%
Grant6.50%1.250%7.750%
Greene6.50%1.750%8.250%
Hempstead6.50%2.000%8.500%
Hot Spring6.50%1.500%8.000%
Howard6.50%2.750%9.250%
Independence6.50%1.750%8.250%
Izard6.50%0.500%7.000%
Jackson6.50%2.250%8.750%
Jefferson6.50%1.625%8.125%
Johnson6.50%1.000%7.500%
Lafayette6.50%2.250%8.750%
Lawrence6.50%2.500%9.000%
Lee6.50%1.000%7.500%
Lincoln6.50%1.000%7.500%
Little River6.50%2.250%8.750%
Logan6.50%2.000%8.500%
Lonoke6.50%1.000%7.500%
Madison6.50%2.000%8.500%
Marion6.50%1.750%8.250%
Miller6.50%1.250%7.750%
Mississippi6.50%2.500%9.000%
Monroe6.50%0.000%6.500%
Montgomery6.50%1.000%7.500%
Nevada6.50%2.000%8.500%
Newton6.50%1.500%8.000%
Ouachita6.50%3.000%9.500%
Perry6.50%2.500%9.000%
Phillips6.50%2.000%8.500%
Pike6.50%2.000%8.500%
Poinsett6.50%1.250%7.750%
Polk6.50%2.000%8.500%
Pope6.50%1.000%7.500%
Prairie6.50%1.500%8.000%
Pulaski6.50%1.000%7.500%
Randolph6.50%1.250%7.750%
Saline6.50%0.000%6.500%
Scott6.50%2.625%9.125%
Searcy6.50%1.500%8.000%
Sebastian6.50%1.250%7.750%
Sevier6.50%2.375%8.875%
Sharp6.50%1.000%7.500%
St. Francis6.50%2.500%9.000%
Stone6.50%1.000%7.500%
Union6.50%2.000%8.500%
Van Buren6.50%2.000%8.500%
Washington6.50%1.250%7.750%
White6.50%1.750%8.250%
Woodruff6.50%1.000%7.500%
Yell6.50%1.875%8.375%
CityState RateCounty + City RateTotal Sales Tax
Alexander6.50%3.000%9.500%
Alma6.50%3.750%10.250%
Arkadelphia6.50%2.500%9.000%
Ashdown6.50%4.250%10.750%
Atkins6.50%3.000%9.500%
Bald Knob6.50%3.250%9.750%
Barling6.50%3.250%9.750%
Batesville6.50%3.750%10.250%
Beebe6.50%2.750%9.250%
Bella Vista6.50%2.000%8.500%
Benton6.50%2.500%9.000%
Bentonville6.50%3.000%9.500%
Berryville6.50%2.500%9.000%
Blytheville6.50%4.000%10.500%
Booneville6.50%4.000%10.500%
Brinkley6.50%2.000%8.500%
Bryant6.50%3.000%9.500%
Cabot6.50%3.000%9.500%
Camden6.50%4.750%11.250%
Centerton6.50%3.000%9.500%
Cherokee Village6.50%2.000%8.500%
Clarksville6.50%3.000%9.500%
Conway6.50%2.250%8.750%
Corning6.50%3.250%9.750%
Crossett6.50%3.750%10.250%
Dardanelle6.50%3.875%10.375%
De Queen6.50%3.375%9.875%
DeWitt6.50%4.500%11.000%
Dumas6.50%4.000%10.500%
El Dorado6.50%3.250%9.750%
England6.50%4.000%10.500%
Farmington6.50%3.250%9.750%
Fayetteville6.50%3.250%9.750%
Fordyce6.50%3.500%10.000%
Forrest City6.50%4.375%10.875%
Fort Smith6.50%3.250%9.750%
Gentry6.50%2.125%8.625%
Gosnell6.50%4.000%10.500%
Gravette6.50%3.000%9.500%
Greenbrier6.50%2.500%9.000%
Greenwood6.50%3.250%9.750%
Hamburg6.50%2.500%9.000%
Harrison6.50%2.500%9.000%
Haskell6.50%2.000%8.500%
Heber Springs6.50%2.625%9.125%
Helena6.50%4.000%10.500%
Hope6.50%3.000%9.500%
Hot Springs6.50%3.000%9.500%
Jacksonville6.50%3.000%9.500%
Johnson6.50%3.250%9.750%
Jonesboro6.50%2.000%8.500%
Little Rock6.50%2.500%9.000%
Lonoke6.50%2.500%9.000%
Lowell6.50%3.000%9.500%
Magnolia6.50%3.875%10.375%
Malvern6.50%2.500%9.000%
Manila6.50%3.750%10.250%
Marianna6.50%3.000%9.500%
Marion6.50%4.750%11.250%
Maumelle6.50%2.000%8.500%
McGehee6.50%4.500%11.000%
Mena6.50%3.000%9.500%
Monticello6.50%3.250%9.750%
Morrilton6.50%2.750%9.250%
Mountain Home6.50%2.000%8.500%
Mountain View6.50%3.000%9.500%
Nashville6.50%3.750%10.250%
Newport6.50%3.750%10.250%
North Little Rock6.50%2.000%8.500%
Osceola6.50%3.500%10.000%
Ozark6.50%3.500%10.000%
Paragould6.50%2.500%9.000%
Paris6.50%3.500%10.000%
Pea Ridge6.50%2.000%8.500%
Piggott6.50%3.500%10.000%
Pine Bluff6.50%3.875%10.375%
Pocahontas6.50%3.250%9.750%
Pottsville6.50%2.500%9.000%
Prairie Grove6.50%3.500%10.000%
Prescott6.50%3.000%9.500%
Rogers6.50%3.000%9.500%
Russellville6.50%2.500%9.000%
Searcy6.50%3.250%9.750%
Shannon Hills6.50%1.000%7.500%
Sheridan6.50%3.250%9.750%
Sherwood6.50%2.000%8.500%
Siloam Springs6.50%3.000%9.500%
Springdale6.50%3.250%9.750%
Stuttgart6.50%4.000%10.500%
Texarkana6.50%3.750%10.250%
Trumann6.50%3.250%9.750%
Van Buren6.50%3.750%10.250%
Vilonia6.50%3.000%9.500%
Waldron6.50%4.625%11.125%
Walnut Ridge6.50%3.500%10.000%
Ward6.50%3.000%9.500%
Warren6.50%3.000%9.500%
West Memphis6.50%4.250%10.750%
White Hall6.50%2.625%9.125%
Wynne6.50%3.000%9.500%

For many types of food, the statewide rate is lowered to 1.5%, which means the total rate will be 5% lower than those listed above. Generally, food items that can be purchased in a grocery store and are intended for home consumption are subject to this lower rate. Prepared foods face the full rate and many localities levy additional taxes on restaurants.

Prescription medicine is entirely exempt from sales tax, as are sales of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetic devices or oxygen tanks.

Arkansas Property Tax

Looking at buying a house in The Natural State? Good news: Arkansas has some of the lowest property taxes in the country. The average effective property tax rate in Arkansas is just 0.63%, ninth lowest in the nation. That means that, on average, homeowners in Arkansas pay just 0.63% of their home’s value in property taxes each year.

Increases in property tax payments are limited by law. The assessed value of a property, which is the value on which taxes are based, cannot increase by more than 5% in a single year. That ensures that homeowners are not caught off guard by unexpectedly large tax bills.

More good news for people looking to buy a home in Arkansas – our mortgage guide can help make your homebuying process a bit easier. The guide includes information about mortgage rates and other details about getting a mortgage in the Natural State.

Calculate Your Property Taxes: Arkansas Property Tax Calculator

Arkansas Gasoline Tax

The gas tax in Arkansas is 21.8 cents per gallon of regular fuel. That is the 11th lowest gas tax in the country.

Arkansas Estate Tax

Arkansas has no estate or inheritance tax. Inheritance is exempt from the Arkansas income tax.

Arkansas Capital Gains Tax

Capital gains are taxable as personal income in Arkansas, but they receive an exemption of at least 50%, meaning that 50 cents of every dollar in gains are taxable.

Arkansas Alcohol and Tobacco Tax

Arkansas has several sin taxes, including both a cigarette and alcoholic beverages tax. The cigarette tax is $1.15, while the alcohol tax varies depending on the variety and alcoholic content of the beverage. Eighty proof liquor is taxed at a rate of $6.57 per gallon.

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  • Former president Bill Clinton was born in Hope and spent most of his childhood in Hot Springs.
  • Walmart, the world’s third largest employer and largest retailer, is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.
  • There are two mountain ranges in Arkansas: the Ozarks and the Ouachita Mountains.

Places with the Lowest Tax Burden

Are you curious how your tax burden stacks up against others in your state? SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the counties with the lowest tax burden. Scroll over any county in the state to learn about taxes in that specific area.

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Methodology

Where you live can have a big impact on both which types of taxes you have to pay each year and how much money you spend on them. SmartAsset calculated the amount of money a specific person would pay in income, sales, property and fuel taxes in each county in the country and ranked the lowest to highest tax burden.

To better compare income tax burdens across counties, we used the national median household income. We then applied relevant deductions and exemptions before calculating federal, state and local income taxes.

In order to determine sales tax burden we estimated that 35% of take-home (after-tax) pay is spent on taxable goods. We multiplied the average sales tax rate for a county by the household income less income tax. This product is then multiplied by 35% to estimate the sales tax paid.

For property taxes, we compared the median property taxes paid in each county.

For fuel taxes, we first distributed statewide vehicle miles traveled down to the county level using the number of vehicles in each county. We then calculated the total number of licensed drivers within each county. The countywide miles were then distributed amongst the licensed drivers in the county, which gave us the miles driven per licensed driver. Using the nationwide average fuel economy, we calculated the average gallons of gas used per driver in each county and multiplied that by the fuel tax.

We then added the dollar amount for income, sales, property and fuel taxes to rank the counties to calculate a total tax burden.

Sources: US Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey, Government Sources, Avalara, American Petroleum Institute, GasBuddy, UMTRI, Federal Highway Administration, SmartAsset