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Arkansas Tax and Incentives Update

Tax Reform Task Force Selects PFM as Outside Consultant

Posted On: Thursday, September 07, 2017

At its meeting today, the Arkansas Tax Reform Task Force heard from three potential consultants, ultimately selecting PFM as its consultant. Of the three consultants under consideration, PFM demonstrated the most experience in state and local tax policy advisory work, and the Task Force seemed persuaded by their modeling and analytic capabilities. PFM will now begin the work of assessing the Arkansas tax system and starting to meet with stakeholders. Read More

Matt Boch to Speak at Arkansas Sales and Use Tax for Manufacturers Seminar

Posted On: Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Dover Dixon Horne member Matt Boch will present at the Arkansas Sales and Use Tax for Manufacturers seminar on Sept. 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn in North Little Rock. Read More

Arkansas Legislators Begin to Focus on Tax Reform

Posted On: Thursday, August 31, 2017

With summer coming to an end, two legislative committees met today on Arkansas tax reform. The Committee on Economic and Tax Policy met in the morning to hear testimony on tax policy, and particularly the Texarkana income tax exemption. The afternoon featured the Tax Reform Tax Force reviewing proposals from potential outside consultants to the Task Force. Read More

Mark Your Calendars! Arkansas Tax Conference on November 2

Posted On: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is convening the inaugural Arkansas Tax Conference on November 2, at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock. Dover Dixon Horne is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the event. This one-day seminar will feature an in depth look at legal, administrative and policy issues surrounding Arkansas taxes. Read More

Property Tax Equalization Board Appeals Deadline August 21

Posted On: Thursday, August 17, 2017

A reminder to taxpayers that the deadline to appeal property tax valuations to county boards of equalization is this Monday, August 21, 2017, by petition or letter. (The deadline is set as the third Monday in August. Ark. Code Ann. § 26-27-317.) Property assessments should have been issued by the county assessors in July. Read More

DFA Hearing Calls Party Foul on Restaurant's Tax-Included Drink Pricing

Posted On: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

While Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration generally tolerates retailers not collecting sales tax as a separately stated amount, sellers need to understand the risk of being required to absorb the tax and pay it out-of-pocket instead of treating the sale as tax-included pricing and backing out the tax from the tax base of gross receipts. Hearing nos. 16-209, 16-210, 16-211 (May 8, 2017) illustrates this risk: A restaurant that also sold mixed drinks claimed a tax-included pricing approach, but this was rejected by the Department, likely effectively increasing the tax imposed by 50%. Read More

Matt Boch to Discuss Tax Legislation and Reform at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

Posted On: Wednesday, August 02, 2017

DDH member and Arkansas tax attorney Matt Boch will speak with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee on Aug. 4 regarding recent Arkansas tax legislation and the prospects for Arkansas tax reform.

Attendees will have a chance to learn more about new laws coming out of the 2017 legislative session, understand trends in Arkansas taxes and incentives, and have their questions answered on these topics.

Boch is a leader in the world of Arkansas taxes and incentives, serving as chair of the Arkansas Tax Advisory Council and as Secretary of the Arkansas Bar Association Section of Taxation. He also has co-authored, with DDH member Cal McCastlain, Bloomberg BNA’s new Arkansas Pass-Through Entity Navigator.

For more information or to register for the Fayetteville Chamber luncheon, click here.

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DDH Partners Author Arkansas Pass-Through Entity Navigator for Bloomberg BNA

Posted On: Friday, July 14, 2017

Dover Dixon Horne partners Matthew Boch and Cal McCastlain are featured as authors of the Arkansas chapter of Bloomberg BNA’s new Pass-Through Entity Navigator. The Pass-Through Entity Navigator is a comprehensive resource for tax and legal practitioners, which provides detailed analysis and practical guidance of the tax and legal framework for pass-through entities on a state-by-state basis. Read More

Arkansas Tax Reform Task Force Hears Competing Views in July 11 Meeting

Posted On: Friday, July 14, 2017

The Arkansas Tax Reform and Legislative Relief Task Force met on July 11, 2017, for the first round of policy presentations by local and national organizations and to conduct other business. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) led by advocating various measures to benefit low income consumers. AACF criticized recent cuts in personal income tax rates and recommends Arkansas adopt a state earned income tax credit (EITC) based on the federal model. In the sales tax area, AACF recommends increasing taxes on business and reducing taxes on personal consumption. It also recommends increasing state investment in schools, highways, community safety and improving community amenities. With respect to highways, AACF recommends updating the fuel tax structure while offsetting the impact on low income working families using the EITC. AACF’s “Briefing Memo” is available hereRead More

2017 Arkansas Tax Legislative Developments for the Environmental / Industrial Community

Posted On: Monday, July 03, 2017

The May/June Arkansas Environmental Federation newsletter, Industries for the Environmentfeatured a summary of the 2017 Arkansas tax legislative developments likely of interest to AEF members, entitled "The Dust Settles: Arkansas Tax Developments from the 2017 Legislative Session," and authored by DDH attorneys Matt Boch and T.J. Lawhon. A reprint of the article is available hereRead More


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