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Arkansas Tax and Incentives Update

The "Arkansas Two-Step": Arkansas Income Tax for Multistate Passthroughs Before and After HB1562

Posted On: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

House Bill 1562, now Act 482, was a technical change to Arkansas taxation of multistate passthrough enterprises that basically conforms the law to what has been common compliance practice of apportionment at the partnership level. Arkansas law will continue to treat the resulting passthrough Arkansas income as allocable up to the partners.  Read More

Caution! Income Tax Apportionment Bill (MTC UDITPA Amendments) Advancing Quickly

Posted On: Thursday, March 09, 2017

Among the hundreds of bills filed on the March 6 deadline was HB2100, sponsored by House Revenue & Taxation Committee Chair Joe Jett. This is a Department of Finance and Administration bill that takes up the model amendments to the Uniform Division for Income Tax Purposes Act (UDITPA) that were adopted by the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) in 2015. The legislation makes significant changes to Arkansas apportionment, particularly for receipts from services and intangibles. The expansion of the throwback rule and the adoption of a throwout rule particularly stand out for concern. Any affected taxpayers interested in adjusting the bill should act soon: the legislation already has moved out of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee and could be heard on the House floor next week. Read More

SB362 to Phase Out InvestArk and the Tax on Manufacturing Repair Parts and Services

Posted On: Sunday, February 19, 2017

A proposal is underway for major simplification of Arkansas sales and use taxes on manufacturing: SB362 would phase out both the InvestArk investment incentive program and the sales tax on partial replacements and repairs of manufacturing machinery and equipment. Manufacturers should consider whether they can apply for one more InvestArk project by June 30, 2017, after which InvestArk will cease taking new applications and will begin to wind down. Read More

SB140 Economic Nexus Bill Fails in House Revenue & Taxation Committee

Posted On: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Senator Jake Files's economic nexus bill, SB140, failed a do pass vote in the House Revenue & Taxation Committee today; the legislation's prospects are now unclear. SB140, which had passed the Senate, is an economic nexus bill modeled on South Dakota's. It would provide a $100,000 or 200-transaction threshold to trigger a sales/use tax collection obligation for an out-of-state seller. Senator Files submitted an amendment to the House committee today that would add a use tax reporting alternative to create a hybrid remote seller bill giving sellers exceeding the threshold a choice of Colorado-style information reporting or sales tax collection; this amendment was approved. Read More

Manufacturing Process Resumed: DFA Hearing Allows Manufacturing Exemption for Packaging Equipment

Posted On: Monday, February 06, 2017

An Arkansas manufacturer was allowed to claim the manufacturing machinery and equipment exemption on equipment used in preparing goods for shipment in a notable hearing decision issued at the end of 2016. Department of Finance and Administration Hearing nos. 16-444, 16-445 (Dec. 27, 2016). Read More

Arkansas Tax Legislation Update: Governor's Tax Cuts, Digital Goods, and More

Posted On: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

With the legislative session in full swing, some updates on Arkansas tax legislation:
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COST Recognizes Arkansas as "Most Improved" in Fariness of Tax Administration

Posted On: Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Council on State Taxation (COST) has declared Arkansas the "most improved" state in its triennial survey of the fairness of states' tax administration systems. The state's grade jumped to B+ from 2013's C-, which had listed Arkansas as one of the worst states.  Read More

Walter Anger Named Commissioner of Revenue

Posted On: Monday, December 19, 2016

An update to our prior post about the retirement of Department of Finance and Administration Deputy Director Tim Leathers: Walter Anger has been announced as the new Commissioner of Revenue and will be promoted to Deputy Director. His will be the senior-most role at DFA dedicated to tax administration. Read More

DFA Hearing Highlights Proration Tax Trap for Nonresident Individuals with Tax Credits

Posted On: Sunday, December 18, 2016

If there's one thing that it would seem safe to assume, it is that a credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in tax liability, right? Not for nonresident individuals filing in Arkansas. A recent Department of Finance and Administration administrative hearing decision, no. 17-113 (Dec. 16, 2016), illustrates the state's problematic proration requirement for tax credits claimed by nonresident individuals. Read More

Gov. Hutchinson Proposes Income Tax Cuts and Revenue Offsets

Posted On: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Today Governor Hutchinson announced his much-awaited tax cut proposals. There are two main parts. First, income tax cuts for poorest Arkansans. Second, tax exemption for retired military benefits (and a reduction in the soda tax) paid for by an income tax increase on unemployment compensation and sales tax increases on manufactured housing and candy and soft drinks.The main tax cut is rate reductions for poorer Arkansans: Read More


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