bill to aid homebound Arkansas truckers has passed yet another test.
which would cap the sales tax on trucks in Arkansas, has been approved
by the House Committee on Revenue and Taxation.
bill had previously passed the House, but was amended in the Senate,
requiring another approval in the lower chamber. The committee approval
on March 18 sends the bill to the full House, which, if it approves
it, would send it to the governor.
newest version of the bill would charge the state’s sales tax on
the first $9,150 of the value of a tractor and on the first $1,000
of the value of a trailer. House said that would make the tax on
a trailer $51.25, and the maximum tax on a tractor $469.
new version does not address the issue of Arkansas truckers who
have been base plated in Oklahoma. The state’s Department of Finance
and Administration has indicated it will collect back taxes on truckers
who return to Arkansas if they purchased their trucks in the past
three years. Those truckers could face tax bills of up to $6,000.
bill had contained an amnesty provision, allowing those truckers
to return to the state without paying back taxes. The Arkansas attorney
general issued an opinion that the amnesty was unconstitutional,
and it was removed.