Arkansas Creates the Independent Tax Appeals Commission

In a landmark development for the Arkansas tax system, Governor Hutchinson has signed Act 586 (HB1468) to establish an independent Arkansas Tax Appeals Commission. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Joe Jett and Sen. Blake Johnson and also closely supported by Sen. Jonathan Dismang. The Commission will provide a neutral panel of experienced tax professionals to hear and resolve taxpayer disputes with the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). It will be established by July 2022 and will begin hearing cases in January 2023. [More]

Arkansas Independent Tax Appeals Commission Legislation Introduced!

HB1468 was filed today to establish an independent Arkansas Tax Appeals Commission that would replace the current internal appeals function at the Department of Finance and Administration, which has been very deferential to DFA audit and legal positions. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Joe Jett and Sen. Blake Johnson. The Arkansas Tax Appeals Commission would be made up of three commissioners, including a Chief Commissioner coming from the private-sector. It promises a streamlined and fairer system for Arkansas taxpayers. [More]

Arkansas Tax Legislation "March Madness": Administrative Changes, an Independent Tax Appeal Tribunal, and More

With March more than halfway over, a surprising amount of tax legislation is still on the agenda for the General Assembly. In addition to the recently-filed major business tax reforms of SB 576, other significant tax bills that have been introduced include: (1) the Tax Reform Task Force administrative reforms (SB 561), an independent Tax Appeals Commission (SB 560), and a low-income tax cut paid for by taxes on cigarettes and e-cigarettes (SB 571). The state government transformation (reorganization) bill (HB 1763) also has implications for taxpayers. And we have not yet seen an Internal Revenue Code conformity bill. Interested stakeholders need to monitor the unpredictable weeks ahead. [More]