On March 17, 2021, Arkansas introduced S.B. 558, which would impose Arkansas sales tax on advertising revenue from social-media platforms that have annual gross revenue from social-media advertising services in Arkansas of at least $500,000. The bill amends the sales tax statute to include a new subchapter imposing a 7% sales tax on a

The Arkansas Supreme Court held that a furniture and electronics retailer’s weekly and semi-monthly rent-to-own leases are subject to the excise tax on short-term – less than 30 days – rentals of tangible personal property. Under the retailer’s rental-purchase agreements, customers select an initial rental term of monthly, semi-monthly, or weekly. At the end of

In Opinion No. 20190925, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration explained how the state would tax a proposed online peer-to-peer vehicle sharing platform. The opinion noted that the peer-to-peer platform in question would be considered a marketplace facilitator and discussed how local taxes will be sourced. But the Department declined to opine on

The Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration issued an opinion stating that the provision of certain “virtual services,” including bookkeeping, project management, business analysis, email management, research, and customer service, provided via the Internet, are not subject to Arkansas sales tax. Arkansas sales tax is imposed on the gross proceeds from all sales of tangible

On April 1, 2019, the Arkansas Office of Hearings and Appeals held that a taxpayer could not deduct interest expense for long-term debt used to finance a cash dividend as a non-business expense allocable to Arkansas because there was no corresponding non-business income allocable to the state.

The taxpayer was a corporation based in Arkansas

On June 13, 2018, an Arkansas Administrative Law Judge concluded that a taxpayer’s proceeds from dispositions of tax credits were apportionable business income. In Arkansas, business income arises from either: (1) transactions and activity in the regular course of the taxpayer’s business (the transactional test); or (2) income from the acquisition, management and disposition of

By Chris Mehrmann and Carley Roberts

An administrative law judge (ALJ) of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration upheld the denial of a taxpayer’s corporate income tax refund claim, after the taxpayer attempted to amend its returns to apply the cost of performance method of sourcing income. Arkansas has adopted section 18 of the

By Stephen Burroughs and Scott Wright

The Supreme Court of Arkansas recently upheld use tax assessments imposed upon a contractor that purchased and installed equipment used in a water treatment facility expansion. Arkansas exempts from sales and use tax purchases of machinery and equipment used to create or expand a manufacturing or processing facility in