Arkansas Paycheck Calculator

Calculate your take-home pay per paycheck for salary and hourly jobs after federal & Arkansas taxes

Updated for 2024 tax year on Apr 24, 2024

What was updated? 2024 federal/state/local income taxes, FICA, state payroll tax, federal/state standard deduction & state exemptions

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How to calculate your Arkansas paycheck

Overview of Arkansas

Arkansas has a population of over 3 million (2019) and its economy is based on service industries, aircraft, poultry, steel, and tourism. The state has over 600,000 acres of lakes. The median household income is $45,869 (2017).

Brief summary:

  • the income tax rate ranges from 0% to 5.3%
  • no state payroll taxes
  • has standard deductions and exemptions
Arkansas United States

Understanding your Arkansas paycheck

The core of your Arkansas paycheck comprises federal income taxes and FICA taxes. Federal income tax withholding depends on your income, filing status, and exemptions, while FICA taxes fund Social Security and Medicare. Employees and employers share the burden of FICA taxes, with employees typically contributing 7.65% of their wages (6.2% for Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare).

The W-4 form is a crucial document that helps your employer determine the correct amount of federal income tax to withhold from your paycheck. It considers your filing status, income, and dependents and should be updated whenever your financial situation changes, such as getting married or having a child.

Your marital status and pre-tax deductions play a significant role in shaping your financial strategy. Pre-tax deductions, such as contributions to 401(k) plans and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), are taken out of your gross pay before taxes are calculated. These contributions reduce your taxable income and lower your tax burden.

Arkansas state operates on a progressive income tax system, with multiple tax brackets based on income levels. The more you earn, the higher your marginal tax rate is.

Arkansas offers state standard deductions and exemptions, which vary depending on your filing status. These deductions and exemptions help reduce your taxable income, potentially lowering tax liabilities. Understanding these local tax rules is essential for properly managing your finances.

Post-tax deductions are the last piece of the paycheck puzzle. These deductions are taken out of your pay after taxes have been calculated. Items such as union dues, charitable donations, and wage garnishments are considered post-tax deductions. Awareness of these deductions is crucial for accurately assessing your take-home pay and making informed financial decisions.

Calculate your Arkansas paycheck

Calculating your Arkansas state income tax is similar to the steps we listed on our main paycheck calculator page:

  1. Determine your gross income
    • Annual salary
      Annual salary = Gross income
    • Hourly wage
      Hourly wage × Hours worked per day × Days worked per week × Weeks worked per year = Your weekly paycheck
  2. Work out your total federal income tax
    1. Gross income adjusted
      Gross income − Pre-tax deductions = Gross income adjusted
    2. Federal taxable income
      Gross income adjusted − Federal standard/itemized deductions = Federal taxable income
    3. Federal income tax liability
      Federal taxable income × Federal income tax rate = Federal income tax liability
    4. Federal payroll tax liability
      Gross income adjusted × Federal payroll tax rate = Federal payroll tax liability
  3. Calculate your total Arkansas state income tax
    1. State taxable income
      Gross income adjusted − State standard/itemized deductions = State taxable income
    2. State income tax liability
      State taxable income × State income tax rate = State income tax liability
  4. Figure out your net pay
    You need to account for any other deductions such as health insurance, 401(k) contribution, as well as additional withholdings.
    Gross income − (Total income tax liability + Total payroll tax liability + Total pre-tax deductions + Total post-tax deductions + Total withholdings) = Your net pay
  5. Divide your net pay by your pay frequency
    • Daily
      Your net pay / Days worked per week / Weeks worked per year = Your daily paycheck
    • Weekly
      Your net pay / 52 = Your weekly paycheck
    • Bi-weekly
      Your net pay / 26 = Your bi-weekly paycheck
    • Semi-monthly
      Your net pay / 24 = Your semi-monthly paycheck
    • Monthly
      Your net pay / 12 = Your monthly paycheck
    • Quarterly
      Your net pay / 4 = Your quarterly paycheck
    • Semi-annual
      Your net pay / 2 = Your semi-annual paycheck
    • Annual
      Your net pay = Your annual paycheck

State income tax brackets

Refer to Tax Foundation for more details.

Tax year Filing status Taxable income Rate
2024
2023
Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
Income less than or equal to $84,500
$0 - $5,099 0%
$5,100 - $10,299 2%
$10,300 - $14,699 3%
$14,700 - $24,299 3.4%
$24,300 - $87,000 4.7%
Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
Income more than $84,500
$0 - $4,400 2%
$4,400 - $8,800 4%
$8,801 and above 5.30%
2022 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
Income less than $22,200
$0 – $4,999 0%
$5,000 – $9,999 2%
$10,000 – $14,299 3%
$14,300 – $23,599 3.4%
$23,600 – $39,699 5%
$39,700 and above 5.5%
Income between $22,200 and $79,300
$0 – $4,300 2%
$4,301 – $8,500 4%
$8,501 and above 5.5%
2021 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$0 – $4,000 2%
$4,000 – $8,000 4%
$8,000+ 5.9%
2020 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
Income less than $22,200
$0 – $4,499 0%
$4,500 – $8,899 2%
$8,900 – $13,399 3%
$13,400 – $22,199 3.4%
Income between $22,200 and $79,300
$0 – $4,499 0.75%
$4,500 – $8,899 2.5%
$8,900 – $13,399 3.5%
$13,400 – $22,199 4.5%
$22,200 – $37,199 5%
$37,200 – $79,300 6%
Income greater than $79,300
$0 – $4,000 2%
$4,001 – $8,000 4%
$8,001 – $79,300 5.9%
$79,301+ 6.6%

Taxpayers with incomes in certain ranges will reduce their income tax by deducting a bracket adjustment below:

Tax year Filing status Taxable income Rate
2021 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$79,301 – $80,300 $440
$80,301 – $81,300 $340
$81,301 – $82,500 $240
$82,501 – $83,600 $140
$83,601 – $84,600 $40
$84,601 and above $0

State standard deduction

Tax year Filing status Standard deduction amount
2024 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$2,340
Married, Filing Jointly $4,680
2023
2022
Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$2,270
Married, Filing Jointly $4,540
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$2,200
Married, Filing Jointly $4,400
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$2,200
Married, Filing Jointly $4,400

State exemptions

Tax year Filing status Personal exemption amount Comments
2024
2023
2022
2021
Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$29 As tax credit
Married, Filing Jointly $58 As tax credit
Dependent(s) $29 As tax credit
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$26 As tax credit
Married, Filing Jointly $52 As tax credit
Dependent(s) $26 As tax credit

FAQs

How to calculate take home pay in Arkansas?

Just a few simple steps to understand your take-home pay in Arkansas:

  1. Determine your gross income
  2. Work out your total federal income tax
  3. Calculate your total Arkansas state income tax
  4. Gross income minus taxes, deductions and withholdings
  5. Divide your net pay by your pay frequency

How much will Arkansas tax paychecks in 2024?

For those with taxable income less than or equal to $84,500, Arkansas income tax ranges from 0% to 4.7%. If your taxable income is over $84,500, the tax rates are between 2% to 5.3%.

How much is taken out of my paycheck in Arkansas?

The exact amount depends on your total gross income and other factors. Firstly, the federal income tax, Social Security and Medicare will be subtracted. After that, it's Arkansas state income tax and then your chosen benefits (insurance, retirement).

What percentage of my paycheck goes to taxes in Arkansas?

The taxes on your paycheck include

  • federal income tax (10% to 37%)
  • state income tax (0% to 5.3%)
  • Social Security (6.2%)
  • Medicare (1.45% to 2.35%)
Depending on your gross income and tax situation, the combined tax percentage usually ranges from 15% to 30% of your paycheck.