Mulitstate – Arkansas ties for No. 1 in sales-tax ranking; rounding takes total levies to 9.47%

A consumer buying items around Tennessee and Arkansas won’t notice much difference in the overall sales taxes paid.

Thanks to rounding, Arkansas and Tennessee have the highest combined state and local sales-tax rates among the 50 states, according to the Washington-based Tax Foundation.

Arkansas’ rate is 9.47%, consisting of a 6.5% state sales tax and a 2.97% average local sales tax as of July 1, while Tennessee’s 9.47% is made up of a 7% state sales tax and a 2.47% average local sales tax, the foundation reported earlier this month.

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