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Arkansas Tax and Incentives Update

Summary of 2017 Arkansas Sales and Use Tax Legislation

Posted On: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

There were relatively limited changes to Arkansas sales and use tax laws in the 2017 legislative session. The big news is Act 465, which phases out the InvestArk sales/use tax credit program while bringing in an exemption for manufacturing partial repairs and replacement parts. While a welcome simplification of the Arkansas tax system, the loss of InvestArk will affect many Arkansas manufacturers. Businesses should consider filing a final InvestArk application by June 30, 2017. Beyond Act 465, the Act 141 expansion of the tax base to include digital products is significant and may affect taxpayers engaged in e-commerce. 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

InvestArk Safe for Now

Posted On: Friday, May 06, 2016

In a win for Arkansas manufacturing competitiveness, Governor Hutchinson has announced that cuts to the InvestArk investment incentive will not be a part of his highway funding proposal. As we had previously covered, InvestArk was at risk of being cut to raise revenue in a political climate that is increasingly critical of incentives. InvestArk is a vital tool in encouraging growth and investment by existing Arkansas businesses. Read More

Repeal of InvestArk Credits Would Reduce Arkansas Manufacturing Competitiveness

Posted On: Friday, January 29, 2016

The repeal of the InvestArk sales tax credit program is under consideration as a revenue raiser to help pay for Arkansas highways.  This program, which provides a sales tax credit for major upgrades of manufacturing equipment and other investments, is critical to the state's competitiveness in retaining manufacturing jobs.  Potentially affected companies need to contact their representatives.  For a detailed explanation, please see our Arkansas Tax Update bulletin authored by Mike Parker.  Read More

Incentives Roundup: J.B. Hunt, Bad Boy Mowers, and Simmons Foods Expansions

Posted On: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mid-December has seen a spate of expansion announcements from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). From an incentives perspective, the highlights are as follows: Read More


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