DFA Assessment Coordination Division Proposes Property Tax Exemption Rules Requiring Every Exempt Parcel to Reapply

The Assessment Coordination Division (ACD) of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has proposed rules on tax exemption determinations as mandated by Act 819 of 2019. The rules would require every exempt parcel to reapply for exemption in 2023, and the draft exemption application would require a large amount of information to prove entitlement to the exemption. The rules do not provide substantive guidance about what kinds of uses of property should or should not qualify for exemption. The deadline for comments on the proposed rule is May 31, and a hearing on the proposed rules will be held June 1. Interested parties should consider participating in the rulemaking process. [More]

Arkansas Supreme Court Takes Narrow View of Assessment Coordination Division Authority

The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld sovereign immunity dismissal of claims against the Assessment Coordination Division (ACD) about its mineral interest assessment guidelines in Chaney v. Union Producing, LLC, 2020 Ark. 388 (Dec. 3, 2020). The court's reasoning emphasizes the limited nature of ACD guidance authority over county assessors. The decision also highlights the potential impact of sovereign immunity on the right to bring tax-related claims to court. [More]

Catching up: Sandra Cawyer heading DFA's property tax Assessment Coordination Division (ACD)

Earlier this month, on July 7, the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) announced the appointment of Sandra Cawyer as the Director of the Assessment Coordination Division (ACD). The ACD provides training, coordination, and guidance for local county assessors. She replaces her longstanding predecessor Bear Chaney, who had retired. Director Cawyer comes from Columbia County in south Arkansas (Magnolia), where she has been County Assessor for the past nine years. [More]