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In what should be a positive development for taxpayers, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Larry Walther announced today the appointment of Charlie Collins as the new Commissioner of Revenue.  With his background in business and politics, Commissioner Collins brings a fresh viewpoint to an important position—essentially the lead state tax administrator for Arkansas—that has historically been filled by individuals who “came up through the ranks” in the DFA Revenue Division. Recall that the…
In what should be a positive development for taxpayers, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Larry Walther announced today the appointment of Charlie Collins as the new Commissioner of Revenue.  With his background in business and politics, Commissioner Collins brings a fresh viewpoint to an important position—essentially the lead state tax administrator for Arkansas—that has historically been filled by individuals who “came up through the ranks” in the DFA Revenue Division. Recall that the…
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is convening its second Arkansas Tax Conference on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Statehouse Convention Center.  Register here!  This biennial conference, which is held in years following legislative sessions, is the only conference that truly focuses on the issues surrounding the Arkansas tax world.  It provides attendees with a chance to hear from and interact with leading tax administrators, policymakers, and practitioners.  And coming off of 2019’s Arkansas…
Manufacturers—particularly smaller ones that do not have direct pay permits—need to make sure that they are claiming the benefit of the reduced sales and use tax rate on manufacturing repair parts and services.  This is a significant benefit that refunds part of the state-level tax, as a phase-in before full exemption begins July 1, 2022.  With a 12-month limitations period for making a claim, taxpayers need processes in place to assure that timely claims are being…
In a unanimous opinion, the Court of Appeals has upheld a charitable exemption from property tax for clinics and lots acquired by a charitable hospital.  Hardesty v. North Arkansas Medical Services, Inc., 2019 Ark. App. 410 (Sept. 25, 2019).  This straightforward opinion reaffirms existing case law about the requirements for charitable exemption for a hospital, which do not include a minimum percentage of charity care.  With this opinion, Arkansas avoids the kind of high-stakes…
2017 property taxpayer fairness legislation was intended to level the playing field between taxpayers and county assessors, and courts are now grappling with how to apply these changes.  The leading case appears to be Walmart’s appeal of its 2018 Pulaski County assessments.  The taxpayer received an adverse decision in county court, and that decision has now been appealed for de novo proceedings in circuit (trial) court.  While the “dark store” issue is somewhat specific to…
This past Friday, September 6, brought a surprise to the Arkansas taxpayer community: Commissioner of Revenue Walter Anger’s resignation, effective as of the close of business that day.  Anger had been Deputy Director and Commissioner of Revenue for the Department of Finance and Administration since 2017.  His tenure as Commissioner capped a 29-year career with DFA. No successor to Commissioner Anger has yet been announced.  In the interim, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Counsel Paul Gehring has been named…
While Arkansas taxpayers’ attention in the 2019 session focused on enactment of tax reform legislation, another major change adopted by the legislature was comprehensive, statewide governmental transformation, in the form of the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 (Act 910).  This reorganized the myriad state agencies into 15 cabinet-level agencies, each headed by a secretary.  The reorganization was effective July 1, 2019, but—like any merger—the implementation will take months or even years for the…
Dover Dixon Horne member Matt Boch, along with co-presenters Jim Saxton (Friday Eldredge & Clark) and Paul Gehring (Assistant Commissioner and Chief Counsel of the Department of Finance and Administration), will speak at the upcoming NBI seminar on Arkansas Sales and Use Tax for Manufacturers on September 11, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas. This seminar takes a focused look at the various sales and use tax issues that manufacturers face in what is arguably the…
Dover Dixon Horne member Matt Boch, along with co-presenters Jim Saxton (Friday Eldredge & Clark) and Paul Gehring (Assistant Commissioner and Chief Counsel of the Department of Finance and Administration), will speak at the upcoming NBI seminar on Arkansas Sales and Use Tax for Manufacturers on September 11, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas. This seminar takes a focused look at the various sales and use tax issues that manufacturers face in what is arguably the…