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Arkansas Tax and Incentives Update

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

Arkansas Tax Reform Task Force Gearing Up

Posted On: Monday, May 29, 2017

The Arkansas Tax Reform and Legislative Relief Task Force convened for the first time on May 22. Its membership had been set the prior week based on appointments from House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, and other legislative leaders. Read More

Summary of 2017 Arkansas Property Tax Legislation

Posted On: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Here is a summary of 2017 Arkansas property tax legislation. The most significant bill is Act 659, a property tax procedure fairness bill supported by the Arkansas State Chamber that should bring significantly more equity to Arkansas property tax disputes.  Read More

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

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

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

Tax Foundation / ACRE Tax Reform Study Released

Posted On: Monday, November 14, 2016

The Tax Foundation and the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics (ACRE) today released their official report, "Arkansas: The Road Map to Tax Reform." These two organizations have collaborated over the past several months, interviewing numerous stakeholders in business and government throughout the state. Their preliminary analysis and conclusions had been highlighted in a legislative hearing back in September (prior post). Today featured a press release and a legislative hearing before the Economic and Tax Policy Committee. Read More

Arkansas Election Aftermath - Incentives & Tax

Posted On: Thursday, November 10, 2016

Some Arkansas tax and incentives updates from the election on Tuesday: 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

AACF Issues Progressive Tax Policy Proposals

Posted On: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), has published a whitepaper with progressive tax policy proposals for Arkansas.  "A Tax and Budget Blueprint for a Better Arkansas" (Apr. 2016).  The tax policy changes appear to be inspired by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  AACF recommends using the additional revenue primarily to fund education and social services. The proposed tax policy changes are unlikely in the current political environment, but they do provide a window into potential revenue raisers that the state could consider in the future, particularly with respect to the sales tax. Read More


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