The Kiplinger Tax Map: Guide to State Income Taxes, State Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, Sin Taxes
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State-by-State Guide to Taxes

Compare state tax rates and rules — on income, ordinary purchases, gas, sin products, property, and more — across the U.S.


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The Bottom Line
Map of Arkansas

Mixed Tax Picture

Property taxes are low in the Natural State, but sales taxes are the third highest in the country — even groceries are taxed (albeit at a lower rate). Income tax is particularly complicated in Arkansas, as the state uses multiple rate schedules that give it 16 different tax brackets, in practice.

Sales Tax

6.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 5.13%, and the average combined rate is 9.42%, according to the Tax Foundation. The state taxes food at 1.5%, and localities can add to that.

Income Tax Range

Low: 0.9% (on up to $4,299 of taxable income)

High: 6.9% (on more than $35,100 of taxable income, if your total income exceeds $75,000)

(2017 values)

See’s Retiree Tax Map to learn how Arkansas taxes Social Security income and other forms of retirement income.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: $0.22 per gallon.
Diesel: $0.23 per gallon.

Property Taxes

Median property tax on Arkansas's median home value of $114,700 is $721.

See’s Retiree Tax Mapfor details on tax breaks for seniors in Arkansas.

Vehicle Taxes

The state sales tax on vehicle purchases over $4,000 is 6.5% (7% for Texarkana residents). Sales below that threshold are tax-free. A local property tax is also levied annually on a car’s assessed value. Rates are set at the county level. For example, in Little Rock you pay $64.30 per $1,000. The tax on a $30,000 vehicle would be $1,929.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.15 per pack
Premium cigars (selling for more than $0.76 per cigar) are taxed $0.50 each plus 2% of the wholesale price.
All other tobacco products: 68% of the manufacturer’s price

Beer: $0.34 per gallon
Wine: $1.44 per gallon
Liquor: $7.73 per gallon

Travel Taxes

Hotel: There is a statewide 2% tourism tax. Localities can add their own lodging taxes, and sales tax is due. In Little Rock, this adds up to 12.5%.

Rental cars: 10%, plus sales tax.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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