Arkansas Income Taxes and AR State Tax Forms

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Your Arkansas Income Tax Return

Efile.com makes it easy for you to e-file your state tax return (e.g resident, nonresident, or part-year resident returns). However, the IRS and the respective state tax agencies require you to e-file a federal income tax return at the same time you efile a state tax return. This is not an efile.com policy but an IRS and state agency policy. Many taxpayers have asked how they can only prepare and file a state income tax return. The efile.com tax application lets you prepare a state tax return only, however you cannot efile the state return upon completion. Instead, you will have to download the completed state tax return as a PDF file, print it, sign it, and mail it to the respective state - the address is on the PDF file. Find more detailed instructions on how to prepare and file a state only return on efile.com.

2018 Arkansas Income Tax Filing Deadline

Deadline
Type of Filing
Description
April 15, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Arkansas State Income Tax Return Due Date.
April 15, 2019
Tax Extension
Arkansas Automatic Extension. Details below.
October 15, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Last day to efile a 2018 Arkansas State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers.
Now
Requires an accepted 2018 or previous year Arkansas State Tax Return.
State Tax Returns
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
Federal Tax Returns
IRS Tax Return Deadlines.

E-File These 2018 Arkansas State Tax Forms

Prepare and efile these state forms for 2018 in conjunction with your federal and state income tax return. As you proceed through the tax interview on efile.com, the application will select the correct state forms for you. You can also select tax forms individually. All these forms will then be e-filed by you to the state tax agency. Instructions on how to only prepare a state income tax return.

Form/Schedule
Description
efileIT Now*
Form AR3
Itemized Deductions Schedule
Form AR4
Interest and Dividend Income Schedule
Form AR1000ADJ
Adjustments Schedule
Form AR1000-CO
Check Off Contributions Schedule
Form AR1000D
Capital Gains Schedule
Form AR1000ES
Estimated Tax Declaration Vouchers
Form AR1000F
Full Year Resident Individual Income Tax Return
Form AR1000NR
Nonresident and Part Year Resident Individual Income Tax Return
Form AR1000V
Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher
Form AR1075
Deduction for Tuition Paid to Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
Form AR2210
Penalty for Underpayment of Estimated Tax
Employee’s Withholding Exemption Certificate
Cannot be efiled


* Due to IRS and state tax agency tax data sharing and validation requirements, you can only e-file a state income tax return while also e-filing a federal income tax return. This is not an efile.com created policy, but all online tax web sites have to adhere to this IRS/state issued tax data sharing policy. Find out how to only prepare and file a state tax return. Only on efile.com can you prepare and efile unlimited state tax returns for one low price. Most other sites charge a per state price.

Arkansas 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.

How To File an Arkansas 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 15, 2019. 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 15. 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 15, 2019 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.

Important: Do you need to prepare and e-file an IRS or federal tax extension as well?

How to File An Tax Amendment

Amended Arkansas tax returns can only be mailed; they cannot be efiled. Learn how to file an Arkansas tax amendment.

Important Reminder! If you are filing an Arkansas tax amendment, you may need to file a federal tax amendment as well.

2017 Tax 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

Form/Schedule
Description
Itemized Deductions Schedule
Interest and Dividend Income Schedule
Adjustments Schedule
Check Off Contributions Schedule
Capital Gains Schedule
Estimated Tax Declaration Vouchers
Full Year Resident Individual Income Tax Return
Nonresident and Part Year Resident Individual Income Tax Return
Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher
Deduction for Tuition Paid to Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
Penalty for Underpayment of Estimated Tax

2016 Tax 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.

Form/Schedule
Description
Itemized Deductions Schedule
Interest and Dividend Income Schedule
Adjustments Schedule
Check Off Contributions Schedule
Capital Gains Schedule
Estimated Tax Declaration Vouchers
Full Year Resident Individual Income Tax Return
Nonresident and Part Year Resident Individual Income Tax Return
Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher
Deduction for Tuition Paid to Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
Penalty for Underpayment of Estimated Tax

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 2019. We will update it when the dates are available. 

Sales Tax Holiday
Sales Tax Holiday Items Included
Sales Tax Holiday:August 2019
Sales Tax Holiday Items Included:
  • 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 Arkansas 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
  • amusements

Arkansas State Tax Agency Contacts

You can contact the Arkansas Department of Revenue at 501-682-1100.

For more information on Arkansas state income taxes, you can visit the website of The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

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