State sales tax rate6.5%
* While the base rate applies statewide, it’s only a starting point for calculating sales tax in Arkansas. For an accurate tax rate for each jurisdiction, add other applicable local rates on top of the base rate.
Arkansas sales tax basics
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.
Businesses may register for an Arkansas Sales & Use Tax Permit online by visiting Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point (ATAP) and following the instructions provided. The Arkansas Department of Finance recommends all new businesses register online. It’s fast, free, and more reliable than other options.
How to file sales tax returns in Arkansas
The Arkansas Department of Finance recommends all taxpayers filing sales tax file online. It’s faster, more reliable, and free.
To file your return online, visit Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point (ATAP) and follow the instructions provided.
NOTE: The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration does not encourage filing by mail. Paper copies of tax forms are for the userâ€™s personal records only and should not be submitted.
Are you looking for tax rates within a certain county? We have a list of all the counties in Arkansasalong with their sales tax rate.
Each city or town in Arkansasmay charge additional sales tax. Find the local tax rate for each city.
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