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Prepare and efile Your Arkansas Tax Return
The efile.com tax software makes it easy for you to efile your state tax return and use the correct state tax forms. Prepare and efile your Arkansas state tax return (resident, nonresident, or part-year resident) and Federal tax return together or separately at efile.com. View the federal tax return filing requirements.
Arkansas Income Tax Filing Deadline
The regular deadline to file an Arkansas state income tax return is April 15.
|Tax Deadline Date
||Type of Income Tax Return
||Filing Deadline / Due Date Description
|April 18, 2017
||2016 Arkansas State Tax Return
||Due date for Arkansas State Income Tax Returns - income tax filing deadline
|April 18, 2017
||2016 Arkansas State Tax Extension
||Due date for Arkansas automatic extensions
|October 16, 2017
||2016 Arkansas State Tax Return
||Last day to efile a 2016 Arkansas State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers
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Tax Year 2016 Arkansas State Tax Forms
All of the following Arkansas state tax forms are supported by the efile.com software:
Arkansas State Tax Forms that Cannot Be efiled
Arkansas State Tax Withholding Form
||Employee’s Withholding Exemption Certificate
AR Tax Extension
||Arkansas Extension Instructions
||How to File
AR1055, Tax Extension
Arkansas accepts federal tax extensions. You do not have to file an AR state tax return extension if you complete and file Form 4868. When your AR return is complete and ready to file, check the extension box on the front of the return and mail it by October 16, 2017.
If you do not apply for a federal extension, you may request an AR state extension on Form AR1055. This form must state your reason for the state extension and must be postmarked on or before April 18. The form must be approved and is valid for a maximum of 180 days. Attach a copy of your approved AR tax return extension to the front of your AR return when you file and check the box on the front of the return indicating that you requested an extension.
If you expect to owe taxes, you should still pay what you owe by April 18, 2017 or you will be charged penalties and interest on taxes not paid by the tax return deadline. To avoid penalty and interest fees, you can complete and file Form AR1000ES, Voucher 5 to estimate how much tax you will owe and make that payment by the deadline.
Complete and submit Form AR1055 (if federal extension not submitted)
Important Reminder! If you are filing an Arkansas tax extension, you may need to efile a federal tax extension as well.
AR Tax Amendment
Amended Arkansas state tax returns can only be mailed; they cannot be eflled. Learn more about how to file an Arkansas state tax amendment.
2015 Past Year Arkansas Tax Forms
Arkansas state forms for past Tax Years cannot be prepared and efiled. You will need to print, complete, and mail the tax forms to the Arizona Department of Finance and Administration.
||How to File
||Itemized Deductions Schedule
Download, complete, print out, sign, and mail
||Interest and Dividend Income Schedule
||Check Off Contributions Schedule
||Capital Gains Schedule
||Estimated Tax Declaration Vouchers
||Full Year Resident Individual Income Tax Return
||Part Year or Non-Resident Individual Income Tax Return
||Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher
||Deduction for Tuition Paid to Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
||State Political Contributions Credit
||Penalty for Underpayment of Estimated Tax
Where's My Refund? - Check Your Arkansas State Tax Refund Status
Before checking the status of your AR state refund, wait at least 10 days after your efiled return has been processed and received by the AR state tax agency. If you filed your AR state return on paper, allow 6 weeks from the date you filed before checking your AR tax refund status.
Check your Arkansas tax refund status online.
AR efile Error Codes
If your Arkansas state return was rejected, you will receive an error reject code. If you prepared and efiled your return on efile.com, we will provide you with an explanation of how to correct the error on your return. You may then resubmit your state return at no additional charge until it is accepted by the state.
View a list of all Arkansas State efile Income Tax Return Error Reject Codes.
Arkansas Tax Facts
AR Income Tax:
Individual income in Arkansas is taxed across six tax brackets at six graduated tax rates.
- 0.9% for the first $4,299 of taxable income
- 2.4% on taxable income between $4,300 and $8,399
- 3.4% on taxable income between $8,400 and $12,699
- 4.4% on taxable income between $12,700 and $21,099
- 6% on taxable income between $21,100 and $35,299
- 7% on taxable income above $35,300
AR Sales Tax:
Arkansas has a general state sales tax rate of 6.5%. There is a 2% sales tax rate on food and food ingredients. There are also more than 300 local taxes in AR cities and counties.
Various services are subject to sales tax, including:
- dry cleaning and laundry
- pest control
- boat storage and docking
- wrecker and towing services
- pet grooming and kennel services
- security and alarm monitoring
- body piercing and tattooing
- self-storage facilities
More information on Arkansas Sales Tax
AR Sales Tax Holiday:
Arkansas has one annual sales tax holiday. It usually occurs on the first weekend of August (midnight Saturday through midnight Sunday). Certain items, such as clothing and school supplies are exempt from Arkansas sales tax. However, the AR consumer will only receive the tax exemption if a specific total spending limit is met.
Refer to the chart below for Arkansas sales tax holidays for 2017.
|Sales Tax Holiday Dates
||Sales Tax Holiday Items Included
|August 5-6, 2017
- Clothing: $100 or less
- Apparal accessories: $50 or less
- School supplies: includes art supplies and instructional materials
AR Personal Property Tax:
All personal property in Arkansas is subject to a personal property tax. The taxable assessed value of homes will not increase more than 5% above the previous value. This does not apply when new additions or substantial improvements are made to the property. The homestead's value will continue to increase each year until it equals 20% of the market value.
Personal property must be assessed each year before May 31, without any penalties. Taxes are due October 10 of the following year. AR homeowners have the option to pay personal property taxes online.
AR has a property tax credit worth up to $350. Eligibility for the credit is restricted to a homeowner's principal place of residence or life estate. AR residents who own a home but live in a nursing home or retirement center are also eligible for the credit.
Disabled veterans are exempt from all personal property taxes in certain cases. This tax exemption is also available to widowers of military personnel who do not remarry, as well as to dependent minor children of military members who were killed in action, died of service-related disabilities, or who are missing in action.
Odd Tax Fact:
The AR tax department website has a miscellaneous tax section, which has information on 27 taxes, fees, and licenses on various items, including:
- cigarettes & other tobacco products
- liquor and beer
- soft drinks
- imported & domestic wine
- beauty pageant registration fees
- beef, wheat and rice promotion
AR State Tax Agency:
For more information, you can visit the website of The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.
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