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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Lane Keeter: Matters of State!

  • First, and of concern to thousands of parents across this state, is the annual Arkansas sales tax holiday.
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  • I don’t often write about State of Arkansas matters, but there are important issues and pieces of information that are certainly worthy of mention.
    First, and of concern to thousands of parents across this state, is the annual Arkansas sales tax holiday.
    The 2014 Arkansas sales tax holiday for clothing and school-related supplies is scheduled to begin Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. and run through Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
    During this 48 hour holiday period, state AND local sales tax will not be collected on the sale of (1) clothing and footwear with a sales price of less than $100 per item; (2) clothing accessories and equipment with a sales prices of less than $50 per item; (3) school supplies; (4) school art supplies; and (5) instructional materials. 
    If you want more information, you can go to:
    http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/exciseTax/salesanduse/Pages/taxHoliday.aspx
    If you are a retailer, the following are links to instructions for retailers and an itemized list of items that are tax-exempt and those that are not tax-exempt:
    http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/exciseTax/salesanduse/Documents/holidayInstructions.pdf
    http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/exciseTax/salesanduse/Documents/holidayItemized.pdf
    Another state matter that affects the majority of Arkansans of driving age is the annual registration required for your vehicles.  In other words, renewing your car tags.
    Are you aware that renewing your vehicle tags can be done quickly and conveniently online?  
    Using ARSTAR (Arkansas Streamline Auto Renewal), you can renew your registration, change your address on your registration, and even sign up to receive future vehicle registration renewal notices by email.
    You can access ARSTAR by going to https://arstar.com.
    Another online resource for Arkansans is the Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point, or ATAP.
    ATAP is a free web-based service that gives taxpayers or their designated representatives online access to their tax accounts and many other services. 
    While a complete list of all the services offered by ATAP is beyond the scope of this article, some of the more important ones in my eyes include:
    *Making tax payments
    *Registering a business
    *Filing payroll reports
    *Filing Sales Tax
    *Maintaining all tax account types via a single login
    *Changing a name or address on an account
    For complete information on ATAP, go to http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/atap/Pages/default.aspx.
    Finally, need to pay your taxes using a credit card?  You can do that too.
    Credit card payments may be made over the telephone for individual income tax debts simply by calling 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829).  Alternatively, you can do the same by visiting www.officialpayments.com and clicking the “Payment Center Link”.
    Page 2 of 2 - Bear in mind that the company processing these payments charges a convenience fee for doing so.  They will inform you of the fee amount before completing the transaction.  None of this fee goes to the state.
    Also, the service is not available for making estimated tax payments at this time.
    Hopefully, you find this information helpful in interacting with the State of Arkansas on all matters tax.  Dealing with the state can in many ways be done via the internet. 
    Fortunately, I have found that when a human touch is needed, the state’s Department of Finance and Administration has representatives that are courteous, helpful and concerned with helping you resolve whatever the issue may be.  Kuddos to them!
    Lane Keeter, CPA is Office Managing Partner of the Heber Springs Office of EGP, PLLC, CPAs & Consultants
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