Arkansas sales tax

Download Arkansas 2020 sales tax rates by ZIP code

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Arkansas state sales tax rate

6.5%
Base state sales tax rate 6.5%
Local rate range 0%-5%
Total rate range 6.5%-11.5%

* Due to varying local sales tax rates, we strongly recommend using our Arkansas sales tax calculator to look up the exact sales tax rate for your location.

Arkansas sales tax information

The Arkansas (AR) state sales tax rate is currently 6.5%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 11.50%.

Sales tax is a tax paid to a governing body (state or local) for the sale of certain goods and services. First enacted in the United States in 1921, sales tax dates back to ancient Egyptian times where paintings depict the collection of tax on commodities. Arkansas first adopted a general state sales tax in 1935. Since that time, the rate has risen to 6.5%.

As a business owner selling taxable goods or services, you act as an agent of the state of Arkansas by collecting sales tax from purchasers and passing it along to the Department of Finance. This is an important point worth emphasizing. Any sales tax collected from residents belongs to the Department of Finance. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to manange the sales tax you collect to remain in compliance with state laws and avoid penalties and interest.

Arkansas state sales tax rate

6.5%
Base state sales tax rate 6.5%
Local rate range 0%-5%
Total rate range 6.5%-11.5%

* Due to varying local sales tax rates, we strongly recommend using our Arkansas sales tax calculator to look up the exact sales tax rate for your location.

Arkansas Sales Tax Rate Guide

Arkansas sales tax guide for businesses

Our free, online guide covers all aspects of managing Arkansas sales tax compliance. Topics include:

  • Business registration
  • Collecting sales tax
  • Filing sales tax returns
  • State nexus obligations
  • And more!

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Arkansas sales tax calculator

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Why can't I just use the ZIP code?

  • There are often multiple sales tax rates per ZIP code, county, and city.
  • ZIP codes often overlap, or become subsets of other ZIP codes, or represent no geographic region at all.
  • ZIP codes aren't stable. In any given year, the USPS makes numerous boundary changes to ZIP code areas.

For the most accurate sales tax rate, use an exact street address.

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What do these tax rates mean?

  • The combined tax rate is the total sales tax rate of the jurisdiction for the address you submitted.

  • The jurisdiction breakdown shows the different sales tax rates making up the combined rate.

  • While most taxable products are subject to the combined sales tax rate, some items are taxed differently at state and local levels. Be sure to apply the correct sales tax rate to your sale.

The rates presented are current for the date and time you submitted the address, but may change at any time with new tax legislation.

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How to use this sales tax rate

  1. Determine who's responsible to collect and remit the sales tax amount. 

  2. Determine if your product or service is taxable in the responsible party’s jurisdictions.

  3. Apply the sales tax rate shown above to your taxable product or service’s value.

Arkansas sales tax resources

Arkansas sales tax rate changes

Need to know which sales tax rates in Arkansas are changing? Check out our tax rate change tracker for details.

Arkansas sales tax quick reference guide

This one-page guide to Arkansas sales tax covers collection, filing, and due dates. Think of it as your compliance cheat-sheet.