The Arkansas (AR) state sales tax rate is currently 6.5%, ranking 9th-highest in the U.S. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 11.5%. The average local rate is 2.92%. The average combined tax rate is 9.42%, ranking 3rd in the US.
Local taxes apply to both intra-state and inter-state transactions.
In Arkansas, food and food ingredients are taxed at a reduced state rate of 1.5% + any local rate. Prescription drugs are exempt from the sales tax.
Arkansas has sales tax holiday weekend this year, 8/4/2018 - 8/5/2018, allowing shoppers to purchase school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.
Arkansas is a member of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board.