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New Arkansas Sales Tax Resource Launched!

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I started my accounting career as a cost accountant for a manufacturer – and then later became the controller of a hospital. It was around this time that I noticed state auditors would arrive on-site around 9:30 a.m. - and go home at 3:30 p.m. And I thought to myself, I could do that job… and for 10 years I did. While I enjoyed my work as a Arkansas Senior Field Tax Auditor II, I eventually decided to expand my horizons and worked as a senior tax consultant and then as a state and local manager. In 1992, I started my own practice performing refund reviews, audit defense work and educational tax seminars in Arkansas.

I love what I do and I view this new "Arkansas State Sales Tax" blog as a means to share what I have learned over the years about Arkansas sales and use taxes. For my first post (which will follow shortly) I've written an overview of Arkansas' sales tax - which is BTW actually a gross receipts tax. I'll also explain a few interesting quirks...

If you have questions about Arkansas Sales and Use Taxes, I invite you to post a question or comment. Of course, don’t be surprised if I ask you five questions in return as knowing the facts always helps to identify the correct tax decision.

About the Author: B.J. Pritchett, CMI, is the owner of Pritchett Sales & Use Tax Consulting and the Arkansas Sales and Use Tax School based in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Learn more about her by visiting her author bio page. If you’d like to contact B.J. directly please send email to: or call 501-623-4700.

Other recent “Arkansas (AR)” posts by B.J. Pritchett, CMI:

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2 Responses to New Arkansas Sales Tax Resource Launched!

  • Posted by Bud on June 29, 2015 1:56pm:

    Starting a "Digital Marketing Program" here in Arkansas, by purchasing the right to sell the CPNcard in Arkansas.. The company is based out of Georgia. AR Businesses can register for free to participate. Regional Developers, Businesses, Card Distributors, and fundraisers can sell the discount cards (plastic credit card size cards that are numbered) for $15 dollars each. The regional developers, businesses, card distributors, and fundraisers will earn money from the sell of the cards too.
    Who should pay the sales tax for Arkansas? The CPNcard company in Georgia, I own the terrority rights of Arkansas, or the individuals/businesses that actually sell the cards to the end user.

    • Posted by Author photo of B.J. PritchettB.J. Pritchett, CMI on June 29, 2015 3:10pm:

      Arkansas imposes a tax on the sale of tangible personal property. Arkansas law does not have a general exemption for fundraising. Generally, the taxability of fundraising activities depends on who is conducting the activity. For example, school organizations that conduct fundraising activities must pay tax on purchases for resale but do not have to collect tax on the sales of the items unless the students take orders for the vendor; exempt organizations may purchase items exempt from tax but are not specifically exempt from tax on sales made by the organizations; and charitable organizations that are not engaged in business for profit are not generally required to collect tax on sales they make unless they compete with for-profit businesses.
      Since the sale being made by your company is to regional developers, businesses, card distributors and fundraisers, it does not appear to be a valid sale for resale to a permitted business. The sale of the CPNcard in Arkansas would be subject to tax just like prepaid calling cards are subjected to tax.
      A. Sales of a prepaid calling service, a prepaid wireless calling service, or the recharge of a prepaid calling service or a prepaid wireless calling service are subject to gross receipts tax.
      2. “Prepaid telephone calling card” or “prepaid authorization number” mean the exclusive purchase of telephone or telecommunications services, paid for in advance, which enables the origination of calls using an access number or authorization code, whether manually or electronically dialed.)
      Arkansas holds the vendor liable for the collection and remittance of tax.
      Other circumstances might change the answer provided but without additional information the transaction appears to be taxable.

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