Arkansas State Income Tax - Tax Year 2012
Arkansas Income Tax Table
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The Arkansas Income Tax
Arkansas collects a state income tax at a maximum marginal tax rate of 7.00%, spread across six tax brackets. Unlike the Federal Income Tax, Arkansas' state income tax does not provide couples filing jointly with expanded income tax brackets. There are a total of thirteen states with higher marginal income tax rates then Arkansas.
Individuals who earn less then $10,682 per year, married couples earning less then $18,012 per year, and Heads of Household earning less then $15,185 per year do not have to submit an Arkansas income tax return. All out-of-state workers who have earned income in-state must file a return regardless of income.
If you need more time to complete your Arkansas Income Tax Return, an extension can be granted by filing form AR1055 prior to April 15th. There are 298 days left until Tax Day, on April 15th 2014.
Arkansas Tax Deductions
Income tax deductions are expenses that can be deducted from your gross pre-tax income. Using deductions is an excellent way to reduce your Arkansas income tax and maximize your refund, so be sure to research deductions that you mey be able to claim on your Federal and Arkansas tax returns. For details on specific deductions available in Arkansas, see the list of Arkansas income tax deductions.
- The Arkansas standard deduction is $2,000.00 for individuals and $4,000.00 for married couples filing jointly. The standard deduction may be chosen instead of filing an itemized deduction on your Arkansas tax return.
- Arkansas' personal income tax exemptions include a personal exemption of $23.00. You can deduct one single exemption from your gross income if you are responsible for supporting yourself financially.
- Unlike most states, Arkansas does not have a dependent deduction. You can, however, claim dependent deductions on your Federal Tax Return.
- Arkansas allows itemized deductions, and you can claim the same itemized deductions on your Arkansas tax return as you do on your Federal tax return. You must choose between itemizing your deductions and choosing the Arkansas standard deduction, so it's generally only worth itemizing your deductions if your itemized total is more then the Arkansas and Federal standard deductions. For more details, visit the list of Arkansas itemized deductions.
Arkansas Income Tax Forms
How To File Your Arkansas Income Tax Return
Where To Send Your Arkansas Tax Return
Income Tax Returns (No Tax Owed)
Arkansas State Income Tax
P.O. Box 8026
Little Rock, AR 72203-8026
Income Tax Returns (Refund Owed)
Arkansas State Income Tax
P.O. Box 1000
Little Rock, AR 72203-1000
Income Tax Returns (Tax Due)
Arkansas State Income Tax
P.O. Box 2144
Little Rock, AR 72203-2144
e-Filing: Submit Your Arkansas Tax Return Online
You can save time and money by electronically filing your Arkansas income tax directly with the Department of Revenue Website . Benefits of e-Filing your Arkansas tax return include instant submission, error checking, and faster refund response times. Most tax preparers can electronically file your return for you, or you can do it yourself using free or paid income tax software, like the examples listed below.
Arkansas' FreeFile program allows most Arkansas taxpayers to electronically file their state income tax return at no charge. Arkansas encourages residents to e-file their returns by providing fast ten-day tax refunds and free support for residents who e-file their income tax returns.
If you plan on e-filing, you have to submit a completed Form AR8453-OL to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration to state your intentions.
To e-file your Arkansas and Federal income tax returns, you need a piece of tax software that is certified for eFile by the IRS. While most in-depth tax software charges a fee, there are several free options available through the states, and simple versions are also offered free of charge by most tax software companies.
The two most popular tax software packages are H&R Block At Home, sold by the H&R Block tax preparation company, and TurboTax Federal & State, sold by the Intuit software company. Both companies produce multiple editions for simple to very complex tax returns, so be sure to carefully compare the features offered by each package.
Getting Your Arkansas Tax Refund
If your state tax witholdings are greater then the amount of income tax you owe the state of Arkansas, you will receive an income tax refund check from the government to make up the difference.
It should take one to three weeks for your refund check to be processed after your income tax return is recieved. E-filing your return and filing early can help ensure your refund check gets sent as quickly as possible.
Once you've filed your tax return, all you have to do is wait for your refund to arrive. If you want to check the status of your Arkansas tax refund, you can visit the Arkansas Department of Revenue Website Income Tax Refund page.
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- Our state ranking and income tax figures are based on a family of four (married parents with two children) earning the national median household income of $50,000 per year. Deductions and personal exemptions are taken into account, but some state-specific deductions and tax credit programs may not be accounted for.
- Before the official 2013 Arkansas income tax rates are released, provisional 2013 tax rates are based on Arkansas' 2012 income tax brackets.
- The 2013 state personal income tax brackets are updated from the Arkansas Department of Revenue Website and Tax Foundation data.
- Arkansas tax forms are sourced from the Arkansas Department of Revenue Website income tax forms page, and are updated on a yearly basis. Please make sure the Arkansas forms you are using are up-to-date.