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State Income Taxes in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas does have an individual income tax. Like most states with income tax, it is calculated on a marginal scale whose range is from 2.00% to 6.60% for 2020.

Arkansas is one of only three (3) states that have a “tax benefit recapture”. This is where the top tax rate is applied to all your income if it exceeds the top tax bracket (the other two states are Connecticut and New York.)

State Business Taxes in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas has a business income tax. Arkansas’ state tax is calculated on a marginal scale whose range is from 1.0% to 6.50% for 2020. For other business entities that are flow-thru entities, such as S Corporations, Partnerships, LLCs, etc., since it flows-thru to the individual level, there is no business tax on those entities. In other words, the tax is accessed only on C Corporations.

Franchise Tax in Arkansas

Arkansas is one of a few states that has a Capital Stock tax, commonly referred to as a Franchise tax. The Franchise Tax is assessed at a rate of .3% of outstanding stock. There is a minimum tax of $150 per entity. The Franchise tax effects the following business entities: C Corporations, S Corporations, and LLCs.

Sales and Property Taxes in Arkansas

Sales Taxes in Arkansas – Like many states, Arkansas has multiple sales tax rates. One at the state level and another at the local level. The state rate is 6.50% the average local rate is 2.97% (total average rate for Arkansas Sales Tax is 9.47%). Arkansas has the 3rd highest combined sales tax rate in the country (behind Louisiana and Tennessee).

Property Taxes in Arkansas – the average property tax rate for residential property in the state of Arkansas is 0.64%, which is well below the national average.

Payroll Taxes in Arkansas

Unemployment taxes usually consist of three factors. They are: the wage base, the range of UI rates, number of schedules. Below is an outline of the three:

  • Wage Base – Arkansas has a wage base of $10,000
  • UI Rates – range from 0.04% to 14.30% (which is a high maximum)
  • Schedules – Arkansas has a single rate schedules regarding UI

Arkansas Business Entities – LLCs

Arkansas is one of the more expensive states in regards to opening an LLC. Here are some important facts:

  • Arkansas’ annual LLC fee is $150 a year
  • When you register with the state, you pay a one time fee of $50
  • Secretary of State of Arkansas website – click here

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