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Horpedahl, Johns Discuss the Upcoming Special Tax Session on “Believe in Arkansas”

By Joseph Johns Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and I spoke with Ryan Norris, State Director of the Arkansas Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, on his Believe in Arkansas podcast. Our conversation focused on the proposed state tax changes and more broadly about both tax and spending issues in Arkansas over the past few years. The first […]

Mitchell, Johns Discuss Taxes and LTRF on Dave Elswick Show

By Joseph Johns ACRE Director David “Mitch” Mitchell and I spoke on the Dave Elswick Show on Monday, October 4th, 2021, about the upcoming Arkansas special legislative session. We discussed two main tax cut bills currently under consideration by the legislature. The first plan, by Joint Budget Committee Co-Chair Senator Jonathan Dismang [R-Searcy] would reduce […]

Arkansans Could See Big Savings from Special Session

By Joseph Johns and Jeremy Horpedahl The Arkansas legislature may be meeting in the near future to consider changes to the income tax that individuals, families, and small businesses pay. So far we are aware of two potential plans to lower taxes, and more could be proposed at a special session this fall. The plans […]

Why does Arkansas have such a high sales tax rate?

By Caleb Taylor Arkansas is tied with Tennessee for having the highest average state and local sales tax rate at 9.47 percent, according to a midyear 2019 state and local sales tax report by the Tax Foundation. ACRE Scholar and Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl discussed the relationship between Arkansas’s high sales tax […]

The Next Steps for Arkansas’s Tax Code

By Caleb Taylor Arkansas legislators made many improvements to the tax code during the 2019 legislative session, but is there more to be done? ACRE Scholar and UCA Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and the Tax Foundation’s Vice President of Federal and Special Projects Nicole Kaeding answer in the affirmative in “Talk about […]

ACRE Scholar Quoted on State Tax Code Changes

By Aaron Newell Comprehensive reforms – not special tax incentives – are key to making Arkansas a  more economically competitive state says Jeremy Horpedahl, ACRE Scholar and UCA Assistant Professor of Economics, who recently discussed Act 822 with Paul Williams at Law360. This act, sponsored by Sen Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs) and signed by the […]

Arkansas’s Tax Code Gets an Update

By Caleb Taylor What were the major tax reforms passed by Arkansas legislators during the 2019 session? ACRE Scholar and UCA Assistant Professor of Economics Jeremy Horpedahl and the Tax Foundation’s Vice President of Federal and Special Projects Nicole Kaeding outlined the recent “series of tax reforms to improve the competitiveness of the state’s tax […]

The Costs of Special Elections

By Aaron Newell On February 13th, Rep. Justin Gonzales, R-Okolona, presented House Bill 1402 in front the House State Agencies Committee, which would limit special elections to just two dates a year – either at a primary or general election, or their corresponding dates in off years. Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was invited to testify to […]

Why Do Arkansas’s Business Taxes Now Rank 46th out of the 50 States?

By Caleb Taylor Arkansas dropped three spots from 43rd to 46th from 2018 to 2019 in the Tax Foundation’s annual Small Business Tax Climate Index. The report was released on September 26th and is authored by the Tax Foundation’s Jared Walczak, Scott Drenkard and Joseph Bishop-Henchman. According to the authors, the index is “designed to […]

Legislators Move on Proposals from ACRE’s “Road Map to Tax Reform”

By Caleb Taylor Arkansas Tax Reform & Relief Legislative Task Force members voted August 22nd to approve a report that recommends reducing the top personal income tax rate to 6.5 percent, consolidate its three rate schedules, and more. The top personal income tax rate is currently 6.9 percent. The plan would cut taxes for individuals […]