The agenda is up and registration is open for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Arkansas Tax Conference! You can attend virtually or in person. Attendees will learn about developments and hot topics for Arkansas taxpayers and preview proposals for the upcoming 2021 legislative session that begins in January. The event provides a chance to hear and ask questions of Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration senior administrators and leading Arkansas practitioners. DDH is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the event.
Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, this year’s conference will have a different format: Registrants can attend in-person or virtually, and there will not be any breakout sessions. Instead the program is the core essentials: coronavirus responses and major developments; detailed sessions on Arkansas income tax, sales tax, and property tax; federal policy and Arkansas impacts; comments from Commissioner of Revenue Charlie Collins; and a roundtable of leading legislators involved in tax policy.
This is the third Arkansas Tax Conference that the State Chamber has put on, and it is the first to immediately precede a legislative session. (Feedback from 2019 was to make this an annual event.) Coming on the eve of session will give this convening a different flavor from the 2017 and 2019 conferences that were after the dust settled for their respective sessions; for 2020 expect more discussion about potential legislative efforts.
Live attendance is an option, and masks and distancing protocols will be observed as has been the case at other in-person State Chamber events. The conference is at the capacious Statehouse Convention Center and there will be plenty of room for attendees to keep their distance. The in-person attendance is $175 for State Chamber members and $275 for non-members. Credit is for 7.5 hours of CPE (Taxes area of study) or 6.25 hours of CLE. Because of space limitations, capacity is restricted and the in-person event may sell out (like the 2017 conference).
Conferencegoers can also attend virtually. The cost is $125 for State Chamber members and $175 for non-members. CPE or CLE is not available for virtual attendance. Virtual attendees will be able to stream the conference proceedings and can ask questions via a Q&A dialog.