How to Calculate Arkansas Car Tax

January 27, 2012

If you wish to pay Arkansas car tax, you have to first calculate the amount that’s due. Each state calculates car tax based on different criteria. As a general guideline, if you purchase a new or used vehicle in Arkansas, you’re liable to pay the state auto sales tax amount. This sales tax is not charged at the time of vehicle purchase. It is charged when the vehicle title and registration process is initiated. To find out how the tax is calculated, bear in mind the following guidelines.

Calculating Arkansas Car Sales Tax:

  • To begin with, a vehicle has to be registered with the DMV no later than 30 days from the day it was purchased.
  • The sales tax is calculated on the total amount of the sale (less trade-in value). This holds true for private car sales or vehicles purchased from car dealers in Arkansas.
  • The percentage of sales tax charged is generally 6 percent of the total sales price. However, if the total sales price of the vehicles is less than $2,500, no sales tax will be charged.
  • Apart from car sales tax, car owners are also liable to pay motor fuel tax. The tax for every gallon of fuel is 22.5 cents per gallon of diesel and 21.5 cents per gallon of gasoline.
  • You may use the help of an online Arkansas car tax calculator, to find out how much you really owe. A good website to research for this purpose is the unofficial DMV website (not a government agency),

It’s important to know the rules governing taxes and other state regulations. To find out more information on the vehicle title and registration process, you could also research the website.


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