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Racing Commission to meet June 17, 2021

  • Posted Date: 06/16/2021
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet (via conference call) on June 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

    The public and any interested parties may participate in the meeting by telephone in the following manner:

    You can dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

    Access Code: 372-501-101

    The only agenda item is consideration of Oaklawn’s racing dates for 2021-2022.

May 2021 General Revenue Report posted

Medical Marijuana Meeting, June 22, 2021

  • Posted Date: 05/28/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

    1515 W. 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room

    Streamed Via www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan

    All Agenda requests and documents must be submitted by June 14, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

    AGENDA

Medical Marijuana Meeting, May 27, 2021

  • Posted Date: 05/25/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    AGENDA

May 19, 2021 Official General Revenue Forecast Released

Meeting Notice - State Board of Finance to meet May 18

  • Posted Date: 05/17/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    The State Board of Finance will meet Tuesday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. Below find meeting access information.

    MEETING DETAILS:

    Topic: State Board of Finance Meeting
    Time: May 18, 2021 09:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 851 2792 3132
    Passcode: 119194

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    Passcode: 119194

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    AGENDA

     

Walther names Brech State Budget Director

  • Posted Date: 05/14/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    May 14, 2021

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA Spokesperson
    501-682-5339, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

    Robert Brech announced as State Budget Director

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 14, 2021) – Larry Walther, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), today announced Robert Brech will serve as DFA’s State Budget Director. Brech joins DFA after serving as General Counsel for the Arkansas Public School Resource Center since 2018. His prior work experience also includes four years as Chief Financial Officer for Department of Health along with 14 years as the Department’s Deputy General Counsel and four years as General Counsel.  

    “The State Budget Director must understand the unique needs of each Department, working closely with Department leaders, legislators, the Governor’s Office and others to build a budget that meets these needs,” said Secretary Walther. “Robert brings a thorough understanding of state government to the position of Budget Director. Due to his years in leadership with Department of Health and experience overseeing a significant budget, he has the ability to immediately lead DFA’s Budget team.”

    Brech’s first day with DFA will be Monday, May 24.

    “Robert is stepping into a job that in a normal year is one of the toughest in state government,” Governor Hutchinson said. “The Budget Division’s mission has been even more difficult during the pandemic as it has labored to ensure every department has sufficient resources while maintaining our balanced budget. Robert’s willingness to assume this challenge at this uncertain time speaks to his commitment to serve Arkansas. Robert understands the Budget Division’s key role in the day to day operation of state government, and he is up to the task.”

    Brech is a licensed attorney and attended the UALR Bowen School of Law. He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Central Arkansas.

COVID 19- Announcement: Notice of Availability of Funds - Phase II

Medical Marijuana Meeting

  • Posted Date: 05/05/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Medical Marijuana Meeting scheduled for May 27th 4:30 p.m.

    All agenda requests must be submitted by May 20th, 4:30 p.m.

April 2021 General Revenue Report posted

TIMELINE OF PLANNED ACTIVITIES - JAG

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, May 04, 2021

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, April 19, 2021

  • Posted Date: 04/16/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet  Monday, April 19, 2021.

    Agenda

MMC Commissioner’s Training Session

  • Posted Date: 04/12/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    MMC Commissioner’s Training Session

    Commissioner Training - MMC
    Thu, Apr 15, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/923062053

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
    United States: +1 (646) 749-3129

    Access Code: 923-062-053

Labor Day Holiday

  • Posted Date: 09/06/2021
  • Office: Human Resources
  • News:

    State employees excused from work

Independence Day Holiday (observed)

  • Posted Date: 07/05/2021
  • Office: Human Resources
  • News:

    State employees excused from work

Memorial Day Holiday

  • Posted Date: 05/31/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Human Resources
  • News:

    State employees excused from work

BJA Performance Measures for COAP

March 2021 General Revenue Report posted

ABC Administration Relocation

  • Posted Date: 03/31/2021
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control, All DFA
  • News:

     

    Effective April 7, 2021
    Office of ABC Administration will be located at
    101 East Capitol, Suite 401
    Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

    All telephone numbers will remain the same.

Filing and pay due date extended to May 17, 2021

  • Posted Date: 03/23/2021
  • Office: Income Tax
  • News:

    Filing and pay due date extended to May 17, 2021

    Income Tax Extension

Important information: Unemployment is not taxable for 2020. DFA instructions and forms have been updated to reflect the unemployment tax change.

  • Posted Date: 03/10/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Income Tax
  • News:

    Important information: Unemployment is not taxable for 2020. DFA instructions and forms have been updated to reflect the unemployment tax change.

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, March 29, 2021

  • Posted Date: 03/26/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

     

    NOTICE: The meeting of the Medical Marijuana Commission scheduled for Monday, March 29 has been rescheduled. It will now take place April 19 at 4:30 p.m.

    AGENDA

     

     

February 2021 General Revenue Report posted

OCSE Office Status

  • Posted Date: 02/23/2021
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    From:       Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
    To:           Customers of OCSE
    Date:       February 23, 2021
    Subject:  OCSE Office Status

    After being closed yesterday for potential damage to the building from last week’s winter storm, the El Dorado office is open today and fully functional.

    Little Rock OCSE will continue to be closed due to damage to the building from a broken water main. Phones continue to be answered by a limited number of staff working from a remote location. We will post an update once we know when the office will reopen. Please be patient with our staff as we work to assist customers as quickly as possible. Customers may log into the customer service portal OCSE MyCase to check the status of payments, for secure messaging with OCSE staff, and to see the general status of your case.

OCSE Office Status

  • Posted Date: 02/22/2021
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    From:       Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
    To:           Customers of OCSE
    Date:       February 22, 2021
    Subject:  OCSE Office Status

    After last week’s winter storm, most OCSE offices, as well as the Arkansas Child Support Clearinghouse, are open today, Monday, February 22. (Lobbies continue to be closed to the public.) However, the following offices are closed or will have a delayed opening. Please be patient with our staff as we work to assist customers as quickly as possible. Customers may log into the customer service portal OCSE MyCase to check the status of payments, for secure messaging with OCSE staff, and to see the general status of your case.

    Little Rock OCSE will be closed today due to damage to the building from a broken water main. Phones will be answered by a limited number of staff working from a remote location. We will post an update once we know when the office will reopen.

    El Dorado OCSE will be closed today due to damage to the building from last week’s snow storm. We will post an update once we know when the office will reopen.  Customers of the El Dorado office may call the Camden office at 870-837-1838 for assistance until El Dorado OCSE can reopen.

Next Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, March 2, 2021 at 4:30

  • Posted Date: 02/22/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Next Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, March 2, 2021 at 4:30. 

    All agenda item requests must be submitted by February 23, 2021 at 4:30.

    AGENDA

MMC Meeting scheduled for February 23, 2021 as cancelled

  • Posted Date: 02/22/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    MMC Meeting scheduled for February 23, 2021 as cancelled.

ABC Board Meeting for February 17th cancelled

  • Posted Date: 02/16/2021
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    Please post on the ABC News page that the ABC Board Meeting for February 17th is cancelled due to inclement weather and the meeting will be rescheduled for February 24th.

MMC to meet February 23, 2021

  • Posted Date: 02/04/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Next Marijuana Commission Meeting – February 23rd at 4:30 pm.

    All agenda item requests must be submitted by February 16th at 4:30 p.m.

January 2021 General Revenue Report posted

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery names Brent Standridge Chief Legal Counsel

  • Posted Date: 02/01/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    February 1, 2021

                                                                      Arkansas Scholarship Lottery names Brent Standridge Chief Legal Counsel

     

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 1, 2021) – Eric Hagler, Director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, today announced Brent Standridge will serve as the agency’s Chief Legal Counsel.

    His first day will be Monday, February 8.

    He brings thirty-five years of legal experience to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, serving as the Chief/Managing Public Defender for Saline County prior to accepting this new role.

    “The Chief Legal Counsel must have a versatile set of skills,” said Hagler. “Brent has literally seen the legal landscape from all vantage points---prosecutor, defense counsel, and judge. His breadth of experience and knowledge will greatly benefit the Lottery, as we strive to continue to deliver outsized net proceeds for the benefit of scholarships for Arkansas students. We are excited to have Brent join our executive team.”  

    Brent received his undergraduate and Law Degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville (B.A., Broadcast Journalism, 1983; J.D., 1985).

    Additional information regarding the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery may be found at www.myarkansaslottery.com.

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Sherwood and North Little Rock SRO currently closed

  • Posted Date: 02/01/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Revenue
  • News:

    The Sherwood and North Little Rock SRO are currently closed.

OCSE MyCase Update

  • Posted Date: 01/27/2021
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    From:      Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement 
    To:      Customers of Arkansas OCSE
    Date:      January 27, 2021
    Subject:  OCSE MyCase

    The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) customer service portal, MyCase, has a new look. The new site has been streamlined, organizing information in a way that’s easier to navigate. And it is now mobile friendly, so customers can log in from a phone or tablet. 

    The following are some of the many features available:

    • Contact OCSE by secure messaging. 
    • Check recent payments or print a payment history.
    • Make a one-time payment or setup automatic payments. Paying by eCheck is free of charge! 
    • Provide updates to your personal information such as address, phone number, or updates for your children.
    • Review bills and select forms and notices.

    Go to www.ark.org/mycase/ to see a site preview, create an account, and sign in. 

Certain Revenue Office hours to temporarily change

  • Posted Date: 01/15/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    January 15, 2021

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, Communications Director
    Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
    501-352-9351 (cell), scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov


    Certain Revenue Office hours to temporarily change

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (January 15, 2021) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) today announced Revenue Offices with extended hours of operation statewide will move to standard business hours beginning January 25, 2021. DFA oversees 134 total Revenue Offices. 17 of these offices open at 7 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m., with employees continuing to serve all customers in line. The remaining 117 offices operate on standard business hours, open at 8 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m., again with employees serving the customers in line.  Effective January 25, 2021 all 134 Revenue Offices will move to standard business hours through the pandemic.   

    The following 17 offices will move from extended hours to standard hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.): Bentonville, Cabot, Conway, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Ft. Smith East, Harrison, Hot Springs (Albert Pike location), Jonesboro, Little Rock Southwest, West Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Russellville, Sherwood, Springdale, West Memphis and White Hall.

    DFA’s Revenue Offices have remained open throughout the COVID19 public health emergency with limited, temporary exceptions and will continue to remain open. 

    “Our Revenue Office employees are here to help and assist Arkansans with their motor vehicle and driver service needs.” said DFA Commissioner of Revenue Charlie Collins. “I am extremely proud of this team and the work they do to maintain critical state services. I understand that reducing service hours is an inconvenience and for that I apologize.  We will continue to adjust to the challenges of the pandemic and of course our highest priority is the health and safety of our employees and customers. We anticipate operating all offices on standard business hours through the remainder of the COVID19 pandemic and we will revisit moving back to extended hours in some offices when it is over.  We would also like to encourage Arkansans to visit us at mydmv.arkansas.gov to check out our services online.  Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times.”

    In addition to renewing annually online, mydmv.arkansas.gov also allows Arkansans to register a new vehicle, order a replacement driver’s license or ID, transfer vehicle ownership, order a personalized license plate, check the status of a car title and pre-register for a state ID or driver’s license. For perspective, approximately 35-40% of vehicle registration renewals are currently being completed online in Arkansas.

    A full list of Revenue Office locations may be found at www.dfa.arkansas.gov/office-locations/revenue-offices/

December 2020 General Revenue Report posted

Department of Finance and Administration adjusts income tax withholding tables

  • Posted Date: 12/16/2020
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    Department of Finance and Administration adjusts income tax withholding tables

    In total, paychecks in Arkansas will increase by $7 million each month

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (December 16, 2020) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) recently announced to the state’s approximately 80,000 employers that the income tax withholding tables will change effective January 1, 2021. As a result, Arkansans may see an increase in the amount of their paychecks. This is the second change DFA has recently implemented to the withholding tables. The first adjustment took place March 1, 2020. The March 2020 adjustment put $15 million each month into the pockets of Arkansans via increased paychecks. The January 2021 adjustment will place an additional $7 million each month into paychecks.

    This withholding change is not a tax increase or cut, but with the law change that reduces the top personal income tax rate from 6.6% to 5.9% next month, the withholding change will put that reduction in paychecks beginning January 2021.  Without this change, many Arkansans wouldn’t see the bulk of their tax cut until they received it in their tax refund in 2022.  

    “Due to three considerable income tax cuts established by the legislature and Governor Hutchinson, it is again appropriate to adjust withholding tables to correspond with the lower tax rates,” said Charlie Collins, DFA’s Commissioner of Revenue. “Employees that wish to maintain a higher annual tax refund can simply ask their employer to adjust the AR4EC form to increase the amount withheld each paycheck. This gives Arkansans the option of a larger annual refund versus a paycheck increase.”

    Employers may find the new tables at http://ar.gov/WithholdingTaxTables.

    Additional information on DFA may be found at www.dfa.arkansas.gov.

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MMC to meet January 19, 2021

  • Posted Date: 12/09/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet  Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda

MMC to meet December 8, 2020

  • Posted Date: 12/07/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet virtually Tuesday, December 8 at 4:30 p.m.

    The meeting may be viewed via an Arkansas PBS live stream at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

     

    AGENDA

     

Pocahontas OCSE Phones

  • Posted Date: 12/04/2020
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    NEWS:  Pocahontas OCSE Phones

    From:    Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
    To:       Customers of Arkansas OCSE
    Date:   December 4, 2020
    Subject: Pocahontas OCSE Phones – Now Working

    Telephone service for OCSE Pocahontas has been restored.

Pocahontas OCSE Phones

  • Posted Date: 12/03/2020
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    Pocahontas OCSE Phones

    From:    Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)

    To:       Customers of Arkansas OCSE

    Date:   December 3, 2020

    Subject: Pocahontas OCSE Phones

    The telephone system in the OCSE Pocahontas office is down. We are working on a solution but there is no timetable yet of restoration of phone service.  For immediate assistance, customers may call the Jonesboro office at 870-972-5510.

    Customers may also communicate with their caseworker through the customer service portal MyCase. If you do not have a MyCase account, go to www.ark.org/mycase to register for an account. Or customers may send an email to support.pocahontas@ocse.arkansas.gov.

November 2020 General Revenue Report posted

ABC Notice: Annual Renewal Update

  • Posted Date: 11/19/2020
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    Pursuant to the Governor’s Emergency Order all permits issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division expiring June 30th of 2020 and requiring renewal, no later than October 28, 2020, for the  fiscal year beginning July 1ST, may be renewed through December 12, 2020, the expiration of the Governor’s Emergency Order, without incurring a penalty.  In the event the Governor’s Emergency Order is extended past December 12, 2020, the permits may be renewed until December 31, 2020.  There shall be no permit renewed for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2020 after December 12, 2020, if the Governor’s Emergency Order is not extended or after December 31, 2020, if the Governor’s Emergency Order is extended.

Temporary Rev. office hour change

  • Posted Date: 11/19/2020
  • Office: Revenue
  • News:

    Mt. Home will remain closed.
    Pine Bluff – Re-open 11-19-2020

Temporary office hour change

  • Posted Date: 11/17/2020
  • Office: Revenue
  • News:

    Marked Tree is open

    Mt. Home - closed

    Horse Shoe Bend – Closed (Wednesday only)

Franchise Taxes to be collected by DFA

  • Posted Date: 11/17/2020
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    November 17, 2020

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Franchise Tax, 501-682-7920

     

                                                                           Franchise taxes to be collected by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
                                                                                                              Collection transferred from Secretary of State to DFA

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (November 17, 2020) – As a result of Act 819 of the 2019 session, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) will accept and process franchise taxes beginning January 1, 2021. Franchise taxes were previously administered by the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office.

    Companies that conduct business in Arkansas are required to pay this annual tax. Approximately 150,000 companies pay franchise taxes each year in Arkansas. Franchise tax collections totaled $28 million in 2019.

    While the due date for filing an Arkansas Franchise Tax Report is May 1, 2021, they may be filed beginning January 1, 2021 through the Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point (ATAP) at www.atap.arkansas.gov. ATAP offers free electronic filing and payment options.

    “We appreciate the ongoing support and assistance from the Secretary of State’s Office throughout the transition of Franchise Tax to DFA,” said DFA Secretary Larry Walther. “We look forward to serving Arkansas companies in this new capacity.”

    The Secretary of State’s Office will continue to serve as the point of contact for registering and launching a business in the state as well as defining the organizational structure of the business.

    Companies in Arkansas that  that must file franchise taxes include banks, legal reserve mutual insurance companies, insurance companies with authorized capital stock, limited liability companies, non-stock corporations, and stock corporations.

    Companies that have registered franchise tax accounts with the Secretary of State’s Office will be made aware of the transfer to DFA via mail. Additionally, a hard copy of the franchise tax return will be provided by mail by March 1, 2021.

    Additional information regarding DFA is available at www.dfa.arkansas.gov/franchisetax and the Secretary of State’s website may be accessed at www.sos.arkansas.gov.

     

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Public Notice: Proposed ABC Rules

Pine Bluff Revenue Office is temporarily closed

  • Posted Date: 11/12/2020
  • Office: Revenue
  • News:

    To protect the heath and welfare of our employees and customers the Pine Bluff Revenue Office is temporarily closed.

Marked Tree Office is temporarily closed

  • Posted Date: 11/12/2020
  • Office: Revenue
  • News:

    To protect the heath and welfare of our employees and customers the Marked Tree Revenue Office is temporarily closed.

October 2020 General Revenue Report posted

Temporary office hour change

  • Posted Date: 10/29/2020
  • Office: Revenue
  • News:

    Our Ft. Smith East State Revenue Office will have temporary office hours and will be open 8:00 - 4:30 on October 30.

Searcy Revenue Office is temporarily closed

  • Posted Date: 11/04/2020
  • Office: Revenue
  • News:

    To protect the heath and welfare of our employees and customers the Searcy Revenue Office is temporarily closed. 

Racing Commission to meet December 10, 2020

  • Posted Date: 10/27/2020
  • Office: All DFA, Racing Commission
  • News:

    Meeting details are available here

MMC to meet November 10, 2020

  • Posted Date: 11/10/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet virtually Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

    The meeting may be viewed via a livestream at www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

     

    AGENDA

     

MMC to meet October 20, 2020

  • Posted Date: 10/19/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet virtually Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

    The meeting may be viewed via a livestream at www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    AGENDA

Arkansas cities, towns and counties encouraged to apply for CARES Funding

  • Posted Date: 10/17/2020
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    October 17, 2020

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    Scott Hardin, Spokesperson

    Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration

    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

    Arkansas cities, towns and counties encouraged to apply for CARES Funding

    $150 million available for COVID-19-related expenditures

     

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (October 17, 2020) - Arkansas cities, town and counties may now apply for reimbursement of COVID-19-related expenditures via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  A total of $150 million has been reserved specifically for cities, towns and counties.

    The $150 million has been divided evenly with cities and towns receiving $75 million along with $75 million for counties.

    The relief funds are a portion of the $1.25 billion the state received via the CARES Act earlier this year.

    “As Arkansas communities and counties approach the end of 2020 and begin planning for 2021, we want to ensure local leaders are aware of the CARES funding available to them,” said Larry Walther, Department Secretary for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the department administering the local relief funds. “From the smallest communities to the state’s largest cities, COVID-19 had a significant impact on local budgets.”

    Expenditures that are eligible for reimbursement include those that are incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency that are not already accounted for in any recently approved state government budgets. The expenditures must have been incurred from March 1, 2020 and no later than December 15, 2020.

    Cities, town and counties may be reimbursed for the following COVID-19-related expenditures:

    • Payroll for Public Health and Safety Employees
    • Budgeted Personnel and Services Diverted to a Substantially Different Use
    • Public Health Expenses
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Improve Telework Capabilities of Public Employees
    • Other – not listed above

     

    The allocation for towns and cities may be found at www.arml.org while allocation by county is available at www.arcounties.org.    

     

    Cities, towns and counties must submit application for the funding by November 16, 2020 and expenditures for reimbursement no later than December 15, 2020.

     

    “Resources are in place to effectively walk local leaders through this process,” said Paul Louthian, State Comptroller and DFA Deputy Director. “I encourage communities and counties to utilize these resources as soon as possible to identify the expenses for which they may be reimbursed.”

     

    The applicant call center may be reached at 1-800-268-7907 or via email at arcrfsupport@cteh.com.

     

    Cities, towns and counties may submit applications for reimbursement at www.arctcportal.com.

     

    DFA’s website contains an informational page with details on the program. It can be found at https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/administrative-services/covid-19-cares-act/municipalities-and-counties.

September 2020 General Revenue Report posted

Racing Commission to meet September 24, 2020

  • Posted Date: 09/23/2020
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    NOTICE OF ARKANSAS RACING COMMISSION MEETING

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.  The meeting will be via conference call only, and there will be a discussion of the following items: 

    • Saracen request to approve table games
    • Approval of Southland racing dates
    • Report on proposed changes to horse racing and drug testing rules;
    • Report on Oaklawn racing dates for 2021

    An agenda will be released by the Arkansas Racing Commission prior to the meeting.  There will be no discussion or action taken regarding the casino gaming license for Pope County.

    For public viewing of this meeting, please tune in to
    www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan

Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committees

  • Posted Date: 09/08/2020
  • Office: All DFA, Criminal Detention
  • News:

    As authorized by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-06 <https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/executiveOrders/EO_20-06._.pdf> , Order 20-16,  <https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/executiveOrders/EO_20-16._.pdf> and Order 20-45 <https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/executiveOrders/EO_20-45.pdf>  regarding the public health emergency concerning COVID-19, and power delegated to the Governor by Arkansas Code Annotated § 12-75-114, the following rules, regulations, and statutes are identified as preventing, hindering, or delaying the Department of Corrections ability to render maximum assistance to the citizens of this state and are hereby suspended for the duration of the declared public health emergency, unless otherwise stated:
     
     
    A.C.A. § 12-26-106 Powers and Duties of a Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee
    ·       Section (2) regarding the requirement that a review committee visit the criminal detention facilities and juvenile detention facilities in order to conduct inspections to determine compliance with the standards established under § 12-26-103.
    A.C.A. § 12-27-107 Inspection of Facility - Report
    ·       Section (a) requiring each review committee conduct an annual visit of each criminal detention facility and juvenile detention facility for inspection purposes. 

August 2020 General Revenue Report posted

MMC to meet September 29, 2020

  • Posted Date: 09/02/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet virtually Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
    The meeting may be viewed via a livestream at www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Agenda

NOTICE OF TEMPORARY OFFICE CLOSURE

  • Posted Date: 08/27/2020
  • Office: All DFA, Child Support
  • News:

    From: Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)

    To: Customers of Arkansas OCSE

    Date: August 27, 2020

    Subject: Hurricane Laura –Temporary Office Closures

    Due to the impact of Hurricane Laura and resulting power outages, several OCSE Offices in the path of the storm may be temporarily closed. Offices will reopen as soon as possible.

    Customers can find answers to many questions, as well as electronically communicate with their caseworker, through OCSE MyCase customer service portal. Click on the MyCase icon on the OCSE homepage. For payment status call the Automated Voice Response line at 1-800-264-2445, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    For office closure information and to contact OCSE staff, call 1-833-319-2816, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

MMC to meet August 25, 2020

  • Posted Date: 08/24/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet virtually Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
    The meeting may be viewed via a livestream at www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Click here for the meeting agenda.

    To participate in the public hearing portion of the meeting, please see the meeting access information below:

    MMC Meeting - August 25
    Tue, Aug 25, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/707305517

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
    United States: +1 (571) 317-3129

    Access Code: 707-305-517

ABC Board Meeting

  • Posted Date: 08/18/2020
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    The ABC Board will meet August 19, 2020.

    The meeting may be viewed via a livestream at www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    To participate in the public hearing portion of the meeting, please see the meeting access information below:

    ABC Board Meeting - August
    Wed, Aug 19, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/299009997

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
    United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

    Access Code: 299-009-997

    AGENDA

On-Premise, non-restaurant permits temporary expansions for outdoor seating

  • Posted Date: 08/11/2020
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    In an effort to assist businesses, that are operating under a permit issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control for on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages, to be in compliance with the COVID19 Emergency Order set out by the Governor and the Directives issued by the Arkansas Department of Health outdoor service areas may be established on a temporary basis.  Requests must be made in writing and contain a drawing of the outdoor service area sought to be under the temporary expansion along with approval from city or county officials.  Such outdoor service areas may not exceed the permitted seating requirements for restaurant mixed drink minimum and maximum permits and boundaries shall be clearly defined by temporary fences, walls or barriers that will constitute a recognized boundary and contain posting with a 5” X 7” sign, at locations to be determined by the Director or Board, stating “NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES BEYOND THIS POINT”.  The boundaries shall be sufficient that patrons may not be able to step over and exit with open alcoholic beverages and no alcoholic beverages shall be removed from the outdoor area except as permitted in an approved entertainment district or otherwise provided for in the Alcoholic Beverage Control rules.  Service of alcoholic beverages in the temporary expansion shall be limited to patrons seated at tables in the approved area between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. All Alcoholic Beverage Control rules governing outdoor service areas, not explicitly addressed herein, shall remain in effect as well as all Arkansas Department of Health Directives.  Temporary expansions will remain in effect until the termination of the COVID19 Emergency Declaration by the Governor.

     

J. Eric Hagler appointed Director of Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

  • Posted Date: 08/06/2020
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    August 6, 2020

    PHOTO:
    J. Eric Hagler headshot attached

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, Spokesperson
    Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
    501-682-5339, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

                                                                                                  J. Eric Hagler appointed Director of Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (August 6, 2020) – Arkansas Secretary of Finance and Administration (DFA) Larry Walther today announced J. Eric Hagler has been appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve as Director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is a division of DFA.

    “The lottery director position requires a wide skill set, including the ability to remain focused on the program’s key goal of providing scholarships to Arkansans,” said Governor Hutchinson. “Eric brings this to the Scholarship Lottery. We are proud to bring Eric home to Arkansas and look forward to him leading a great team of employees.”  

    A native Arkansan, Hagler began his career in law thirty-one years ago as an Arkansas deputy prosecuting attorney, followed by creating his own law firm, presiding as a magistrate judge in Bentonville, Arkansas and serving as Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2003. He is moving home to Arkansas from California to lead the lottery. 

    “Eric has the skills and leadership qualities we need to lead the lottery’s complex organization,” said Secretary Walther. “Under Eric the lottery will effectively fulfill the mission of serving Arkansas students and families with college scholarships, our retailer customers and the wonderful staff, who continue to excel and set records.” 

    “I’m grateful for the confidence placed in me by Governor Hutchinson and Secretary Walther,” said Hagler. “Sandi and I are thrilled to be coming home to Arkansas, and I’m excited to meet the staff and get to know the executive and legislative branches of government quickly.”

    Director Hagler graduated from the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. Married to his high school sweetheart, Sandra Woodward Hagler, the couple have three grown children. 
                                                                                                                                          ###
     

July 2020 General Revenue Report posted

Availability of Funds Notice: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (COAP)

Racing Commission to meet July 30

  • Posted Date: 07/29/2020
  • Office: All DFA, Racing Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet Thursday, July 30th, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Please follow the instructions below.

    The meeting will be located at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, and will be limited to no more than 40 people.  Masks must be worn by all attendees.

    Directions to State Chamber/AIA Conference Center:

    The State Chamber/AIA is located at 1200 West Capitol, just three blocks east of the State Capitol. We are in a one-story brown brick building surrounded by plenty of free parking.  (We are between 4th and Capitol Streets on Cross and take up the entire block.)

         -Take the State Capitol Complex/Martin Luther King Blvd. exit off I-630 (Exit 2B).
         -Drive north on Martin Luther King, which becomes Woodlane Drive at the intersection with Seventh Street, until you’ve passed the front of the Capitol.
         -Turn right onto Fourth Street.
         -Go through the intersections with Victory and Pulaski and turn immediately right into our parking lot at 4th and Cross.
         -You will park in this lot at the NW corner of our building.
         -Enter directly into the conference room from this lot.

    There will NO longer be a call in number so please follow the link below for access to the meeting.

    To access this meeting via video please use the link below.

    https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home

    Agenda

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting

  • Posted Date: 07/21/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet remotely on Tuesday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m.

    The meeting will be live streamed by Arkansas PBS at www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Agenda

Cawyer to lead state Assessment Coordination Division

  • Posted Date: 07/07/2020
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF
    FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    July 7, 2020

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA Spokesperson
    501-682-5339, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

    Cawyer to lead state Assessment Coordination Division

    Former Columbia County Assessor brings more than 20 years of experience to ACD

     

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 7, 2020) – Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Secretary Larry Walther today announced Sandra Cawyer has joined DFA as Director of the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Division (ACD). Prior to joining DFA, Cawyer served as Columbia County Assessor for nine years. She replaces Bear Chaney, who recently retired.

    ACD works closely with county assessors to promote and oversee fair, equitable and uniform property tax treatment for all taxpayers, local government officials, and school districts across the state.

    “Sandra has the experience and relationships needed to understand the role property taxes play in Arkansas, and I am excited to have her leadership and perspective at DFA,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson.

    Cawyer began her career in county government in 1999. During her career, she has completed more than 200 hours of appraisal classes and has been awarded with the designation of Senior Appraiser from the State of Arkansas. 

    “I am very impressed with Sandra’s positive leadership style and technical knowledge,” said Secretary Walther.  “She will continue the great work of ACD while focusing on customer service and county outreach.”

    She was named Assessor of the year in Arkansas in 2015. In 2017 she received the Kenneth Eddy Memorial Award from the Assessor’s Association and a Career Achievement Award from South Arkansas Women’s Network. Cawyer serves on the Executive Board of the Arkansas Assessor’s Association.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Arkansas Counties.

    “While Arkansans may associate DFA with our Revenue Offices, ACD also has an impact on millions of Arkansans each year,” said DFA Commissioner of Revenue Charlie Collins. “Accurate assessments ensure school districts throughout the state are properly funded. If assessments are inaccurate and inconsistent, school districts feel the consequences. Sandra understands this and brings a thorough understanding and knowledge of the process to ACD.”

    For more information regarding ACD, visit https://www.arkansasassessment.com/.

June 2020 General Revenue Report posted

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting

  • Posted Date: 06/25/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet remotely on Tuesday, June 30 at 4:30 p.m. to consider potentially issuing additional licenses.

    The meeting will be live streamed by Arkansas PBS at www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Click here for the meeting agenda. 

Arkansas Statewide Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Strategic Plan (Federal Award 2018-AR-BX-K085)

Racing Commission to meet Monday, June 22

Proposed Rules: Distiller or Liquor Manufacturer Operations; Permits to Manufacture and Wholesale Alcoholic Beverages

  • Posted Date: 06/19/2020
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    SUBTITLE K – DISTILLERS OR MANUFACTURERS

    RULES APPLICABLE TO PERMITS TO MANUFACTURE AND WHOLESALE

    PUBLIC NOTICE

                In compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act of the State of Arkansas  (Act 434 of 1967), notice is hereby given that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board  proposes to promulgate rules concerning the alcoholic beverage industry and medical marijuana industry in the state of Arkansas.

                The Board will consider rules in the following areas:  distiller or liquor manufacturer operations; permits to manufacture and wholesale alcoholic beverages; medical marijuana processor licensure rules; medical marijuana transportation operational rules.

                The public comment hearing will be held on July 15, 2020, at the hour of 9:00 a.m., in the fifth floor conference room, 1515 West Seventh Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.  All interested parties will be afforded an opportunity to present their views at the hearing. The proposed rule is available on our website at: https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/alcoholic-beverage-control

                The Alcoholic Beverage Control Division will accept written comments on the proposed rule from June 15, 2020 to July 14, 2020.  Please send comments to:  The Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, 1515 WEST 7th, SUITE 503, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72201

                All inquiries concerning the public comment hearing should be directed to Michael Lewis, Staff Attorney, ABC  Division, 1515 West Seventh Street, Suite 503, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201.

Proposed Processor Rules: Medical Marijuana

  • Posted Date: 06/19/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Proposed Processor Rules: Medical Marijuana

    PUBLIC NOTICE

                In compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act of the State of Arkansas  (Act 434 of 1967), notice is hereby given that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board  proposes to promulgate rules concerning the alcoholic beverage industry and medical marijuana industry in the state of Arkansas.

                The Board will consider rules in the following areas:  distiller or liquor manufacturer operations; permits to manufacture and wholesale alcoholic beverages; medical marijuana processor licensure rules; medical marijuana transportation operational rules.

                The public comment hearing will be held on July 15, 2020, at the hour of 9:00 a.m., in the fifth floor conference room, 1515 West Seventh Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.  All interested parties will be afforded an opportunity to present their views at the hearing. The proposed rule is available on our website at: https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/alcoholic-beverage-control

                The Alcoholic Beverage Control Division will accept written comments on the proposed rule from June 15, 2020 to July 14, 2020.  Please send comments to:  The Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, 1515 WEST 7th, SUITE 503, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72201

                All inquiries concerning the public comment hearing should be directed to Michael Lewis, Staff Attorney, ABC  Division, 1515 West Seventh Street, Suite 503, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201.

Proposed Transporter Rules: Medical Marijuana

  • Posted Date: 06/19/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Proposed Transporter Rules: Medical Marijuana

    PUBLIC NOTICE

                In compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act of the State of Arkansas  (Act 434 of 1967), notice is hereby given that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board  proposes to promulgate rules concerning the alcoholic beverage industry and medical marijuana industry in the state of Arkansas.

                The Board will consider rules in the following areas:  distiller or liquor manufacturer operations; permits to manufacture and wholesale alcoholic beverages; medical marijuana processor licensure rules; medical marijuana transportation operational rules.

                The public comment hearing will be held on July 15, 2020, at the hour of 9:00 a.m., in the fifth floor conference room, 1515 West Seventh Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.  All interested parties will be afforded an opportunity to present their views at the hearing. The proposed rule is available on our website at: https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/alcoholic-beverage-control

                The Alcoholic Beverage Control Division will accept written comments on the proposed rule from June 15, 2020 to July 14, 2020.  Please send comments to:  The Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, 1515 WEST 7th, SUITE 503, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72201

                All inquiries concerning the public comment hearing should be directed to Michael Lewis, Staff Attorney, ABC  Division, 1515 West Seventh Street, Suite 503, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201.

Arkansas Racing Commission Meeting Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

  • Posted Date: 06/17/2020
  • Office: All DFA, Racing Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at the Old Supreme Courtroom on the second floor of the State Capitol Building (Commissioners and Accredited Press Only) located at 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201.  

Agenda, June 16, 2020 Commission Meeting

  • Posted Date: 06/16/2020
  • Office: All DFA, Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Agenda

Notice of New Rule

Agenda, June 8, 2020 Commission Meeting

  • Posted Date: 06/05/2020
  • Office: All DFA, Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Agenda

Temporary expansion for restaurant outdoor seating

  • Posted Date: 08/11/2020
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control, All DFA
  • News:

    Temporary expansion for restaurant outdoor seating:
    Outdoor service area may be established on a temporary basis during which time the COVID19 Emergency declaration is in place and restaurant in-door seating is restricted per the Arkansas Department of Health Directives.  Requests must be made in writing and contain a drawing of the outdoor service area sought to be under the temporary expansion along with approval from city or county officials.  Such outdoor service area shall be clearly defined by temporary fences, walls or barriers that will constitute a recognized boundary and contain posting with a 5” X 7” sign, at locations to be determined by the Director or Board, stating “NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES BEYOND THIS POINT”.  All Alcoholic Beverage Control rules governing outdoor service areas, not explicitly addressed herein, shall remain in effect as well as all Arkansas Department of Health Directives.

Request For Review and Comments: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) FY2020 State Application

May 6 MMC meeting canceled

  • Posted Date: 05/05/2020
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    NOTICE:

    Due to COVID-19-related concerns, the May 6 meeting of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC) has been canceled.
    Please check back for status updates regarding the May 26 MMC meeting.

    Additional updates are available on the MMC’s Facebook page (search “Arkansas MMC”).

Availability of Funds Notice: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (COAP)

Availability of Funds Notice: Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (COVID-19)

April 2020 General Revenue Report posted

ABC and Miscellaneous Tax Revise Procedures for Requesting Destruction of Beer Inventory and Claiming Credit or Refund of Tax Paid

ABC rule changes extended, new change to inactive permits

  • Posted Date: 04/24/2020
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control, All DFA, Director’s Office
  • News:

    NOTICE PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-16:  ALL RULE CHANGES IMPLEMENTED DUE TO THE COVID19 EMERGENCY SHALL BE EXTENDED UNTIL THE EMERGENCY SUBSIDES.

    Pursuant to the Governor’s March 17th Proclamation and Executive Order 20-16 the Alcoholic Beverage Control has set forth the following Rule Amendments effective immediately

    PERMITS CURRENTLY ON INACTIVE STATUS:
    Any permit remaining on inactive status for a period of  more eighteen (18) months, which was set to expire during the COVID19 Emergency Declaration, shall be stayed from expiring until after the Declaration has been lifted and shall be granted an additional extension of time equal to the period for which the Emergency Declaration was in place.

Updated Professional Consultant Services & Technical and General Services Contract Deadlines

Live Bid Opening Information

DFA Suspends Requirement to Show Proof of Assessment and Property Tax Paid for Vehicle Registration and Renewal

  • Posted Date: 04/17/2020
  • Office:
  • News:


     NOTICE OF SUSPENSION OF ARKANSAS STATUTES AFFECTING MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION TRANSACTIONS IN REVENUE OFFICES UNDER
    EXECUTIVE ORDERS (EO) 20-06 AND 20-16

    Pursuant to the authority under Governor Asa Hutchinson’s March 17, 2020 Executive Order 20-06 and April 13, 2020 Executive Order 20-16, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has identified provisions of regulatory statutes stated below that prevent, hinder, or delay DFA’s ability to render maximum assistance to the citizens of Arkansas while adhering to guidelines to prohibit the spread of disease or seeking assistance from the state to obtain benefits or services related to health, education, employment, or any service rendered by the State in response to or to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The identified statutes below are suspended until the COVID-19 emergency subsides.

     

    Ark. Code Ann. § 27-14-1015 and Act 465 of 1967, § 17 – Proof of Property Tax Assessment and Payment of Tax for Motor Vehicle Registration

    • Ark. Code Ann. § 27-14-1015 and Act 465 of 1967, § 17 require that for DFA to register a motor vehicle or to renew a motor vehicle registration, a person must present proof of an assessment from the county assessor where the property will be located and proof that personal property taxes have been paid. Under EO 20-06 and EO 20-16, DFA has suspended until the COVID-19 emergency subsides the requirement under Ark. Code Ann. § 27-14-1015 and Act 465 of 1967, § 17 that a person provide proof of property tax assessment and payment of tax due for purposes of motor vehicle registration and renewal of registration.
    • This notice does not suspend any statute, rule, or law requiring a person to assess their personal property or pay any property tax due. This notice also does not suspend any statute, rule, or law requiring payment of sales or use tax (including accrued penalties and interest on tax owed) on a vehicle purchase or payment of any registration fee or other fee.
    • New motor vehicle registrations and renewals of registrations may be completed online at https://mydmv.arkansas.gov/. Renewal of registration is also available by phone by contacting DFA at 1-800-941-2580.

Emergency Rule Changes Regarding ABC Permits

  • Posted Date: 04/03/2020
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control, All DFA
  • News:

    EMERGENCY RULE CHANGES REGARDING CLOSED BUSINESSES WITH ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL PERMITS

    Pursuant to the Governor’s March 17th Proclamation the Alcoholic Beverage Control has set forth the following Rule Amendments effective immediately and to continue for the next thirty days.

    TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF CLOSED PERIOD FROM 30 DAYS TO 60 DAYS BEFORE BEING PLACED ON INACTIVE STATUS

    In the event a permittee does not conduct business under any permit issued for a period of sixty (60) days, the permit shall be surrendered to the Director and shall be placed on inactive status.  In active status shall commence at the end of sixty (60) days after close of business, regardless of whether the permit is surrendered to the Director.  In any event, for purposes of this Regulation, a business that has been closed for a period of sixty (60) days shall be deemed to be on inactive status.

    TEMPORARILY NEW PERMIT HOLDERS DO NOT HAVE TO OPEN BEFORE PLACING THEIR PERMITS ON INACTIVE STATUS

    Requests for inactive status may be completed by a permit holder after the permit has been issued without the need of opening for one eight (8) hour day.

     

    EMERGENCY RULE CHANGES REGARDING 2020 RENEWAL OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL PERMITS – WAIVER OF LATE FEES

    Pursuant to the Governor’s March 17th Proclamation the Alcoholic Beverage Control has set forth the following Rule Amendments effective immediately and to continue for the next thirty days.

    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE PERMITS MAY BE RENEWED UNTIL OCTOBER 28, 2020 WITHOUT INCURRING A LATE FEE

    All permits issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division are renewable on or before June 30th of each calendar year for the fiscal year beginning July 1ST.   There will be no assessment of a late fee for those permits renewed after July 1st, 2020.  No permit shall be renewed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division for the current fiscal year after October 28th

     

    EMERGENCY RULE CHANGES REGARDING WHOLESALE DELIVERY INVOICE SIGNATURES

    Pursuant to the Governor’s March 17th Proclamation the Alcoholic Beverage Control has set forth the following Rule Amendments effective immediately and to continue for the next thirty days.

    TEMPORARY WAIVER OF INVOICE SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS

    Each delivery of controlled beverages by a wholesaler shall be accompanied by an invoice of sale bearing the name of the retailer together with a full description of the controlled beverages delivered, the price and terms of sale and the place and date of actual delivery.  One (1) copy of such invoice shall contain the legibly printed first and last name of the individual receiving the delivery. Another copy shall be retained by the retailer.  The wholesaler and retailer shall maintain a file of such copies for a period of three (3) years following the date of delivery. 

     

Emergency Rule Changes Regarding ABC Application Process

  • Posted Date: 04/01/2020
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control, All DFA
  • News:

        

    EMERGENCY RULE CHANGES REGARDING APPLICATIONS FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE PERMITS

    Pursuant to the Governor’s March 17th Proclamation the Alcoholic Beverage Control has set forth the following Rule Amendments effective immediately and to continue for the next thirty days.

    EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS:

    The live educational seminar has been suspended due to COVID19.  Any person who is applying for a retail alcoholic beverage license or private club license must attend an educational seminar offered by Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.  Action on an application may be taken during the period of time in which the live educational seminar has been suspended due to COVID19; however, attendance at the seminar by the applicant for any application granted during this time period must be completed within six months of re-initiation of the live educational seminar.  


    BACKGROUND REQUIREMENTS:
    Any person applying for an ABC permit, other than as excepted within in our rules, shall prove that they have not been found guilty of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to any felony in the State of Arkansas or any similar offense by a court in another state or of any similar offense by a military or federal court.  In order to prove this qualification, there shall be attached to the application at the time it is tendered to the agency, an in-state criminal background check through the Arkansas State Police. Processing of Arkansas State Police background checks may be performed ONLY through their online services at this time. Instructions and access to this process can be found at:

    1.    https://asp.arkansas.gov
    2.    Scroll down to “Online Services”, Click on the middle tab “Licensing” and then click on “Criminal Background Check” 
    3.    Then click on “Subscribe Online”

    Arkansas State Police and many local law enforcement agencies are no longer conducting fingerprint services; therefore, the applicant shall furnish fingerprints for electronic submission to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations through an approved Arkansas State Police fingerprint harvester.  Those Arkansas State Police approved harvesters are as follows:

    Arkansas Live Scan 
    Catherine Doyle – Fingerprint Tech – 
    Office phone:  (501) 246-3780
    3901 McCain Park Drive, Suite 110, North Little Rock, AR  72116

    Arkansas Live Scan 
    Bart Simpson – Fingerprint Tech   

    Arkansas Live Scan 
    Melody Harshbarger- Fingerprint Tech  
    Email: melody@arkansaslivescan.com
    Office phone: 1- (888) 292-4211
    3811 Rogers Avenue, Suite B, Fort Smith, AR  72903

    Arkansas Live Scan 
    Email Todd Armstrong: prints@arkansaslivescan.com
    Office phone: 1 (888) 292-4211
    1402 Arapaho, Springdale, AR  72764 

    To Schedule Appointments visit - www.ArkansasLiveScan.com or call 501-246-3780.

DFA Suspends Penalty for Late Motor Vehicle Registration

Filing date to pay individual income taxes extended to July 15

OCSE Lobbies Temporarily Closed to the Public

COVID-19: DFA Frequently Asked Questions

  • Posted Date: 09/23/2020
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

     

    I have received a grant under the Arkansas Ready for Business Program administered by the Arkansas Department of Commerce. Will my receipt of an Arkansas Ready for Business grant affect my Arkansas state income taxes?

    The Arkansas Ready for Business Grant Program provides direct grants to businesses for expenses associated with ensuring the health and safety of employees and patrons. Grant recipients may use grant funds for eligible expenditures including: 

    •    Personal protective equipment (PPE) and no-contact thermometers for employees and customers
    •    No-contact point of sale (POS) payment equipment
    •    Supplies and disinfectants to initially deep clean premises and for use on an ongoing basis
    •    Expenses associated with hiring a third party to perform periodic deep cleaning services
    •    Hand sanitizer stations
    •    Restocking of necessary supplies/raw materials
    •    Expenses associated with reconfiguring business to meet recommended health and safety guidelines
    •    Signage
    •    Marketing, and
    •    Other one-time expenses associated with reopening or resuming normal operations.

    Receipt of a grant under the Arkansas Ready for Business program is subject to Arkansas individual or corporate income tax because the grant constitutes net income of the individual or business. However, a taxpayer may deduct the cost of an eligible expenditure under the grant program if the expenditure otherwise qualifies as an ordinary and necessary business expense under Arkansas state income tax law. See Ark. Code Ann. § 26-51-423(a)(1).

    For further information regarding the Arkansas Ready for Business Grant Program requirements, please visit https://www.arkansasedc.com/covid19.

    I am receiving a stimulus rebate check from the United States Treasury. Will my stimulus rebate check be subject to Arkansas Individual Income Tax?

    No. The COVID-19 novel coronavirus recovery rebate check is not subject to Arkansas Individual Income Tax. Under Section 2201 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the United States Congress has authorized 2020 Recovery Rebates for Individuals. These payments, in the maximum amount of $1,200 per qualifying adult ($2,400 for joint filers) and $500 per qualifying child, are not considered taxable income for the purposes of Arkansas Individual Income Tax. The Internal Revenue Service has provided further information regarding the payment of the 2020 Recovery Rebates at the following website: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know.

    Are Revenue Offices open for business?

    Yes, Revenue Offices remain open for business across the state to serve you with the exception of two locations: Southwest Little Rock and Fayetteville (offices temporarily closed, opening dates will be announced here). DFA is continuing to receive instruction and guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Arkansas Department of Health, as well as the federal government for purposes of maintaining appropriate safeguards for citizens and employees while continuing to provide service to citizens. The majority of Revenue Office-related services are offered online at https://mydmv.arkansas.gov/. Available online services include registering a vehicle, ordering a replacement driver’s license, and ordering a personalized license plate along with many additional services.


    Will DFA extend the April 15 filing deadline or extend the time period in which taxes are paid?

    Yes. Governor Hutchinson announced the extension, via executive order, of the 2019 individual income tax filing date and individual income tax payment date from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. This extension includes 2019 returns of Subchapter S Corporations, fiduciaries and estates, partnerships and composite returns. Arkansas did not extend the 2020 estimated tax payments. The Internal Revenue Service has released guidance athttps://www.irs.gov/coronavirus. Governor Hutchinson’s order may be found at https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/executiveOrders/200325_EO_20-09.pdf

     

    Will DFA extend filing or payment deadlines for other types of taxes?

    All taxes must still be reported and paid according to the existing Arkansas law. DFA’s regular business operations also include the ability for individuals and businesses to file and pay their taxes including sales and use, special excise, and more through the Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point (ATAP) at https://atap.arkansas.gov.

     

    Is my state tax refund still being processed?

    DFA continues to process refunds. No delays are anticipated. You can check the status of your refund at https://atap.arkansas.gov.
     

    I plan on filing my 2019 Arkansas Individual Income Tax return on July 15, but I am unsure how to calculate and submit my quarterly estimated tax payment that is due on April 15th. What guidance can DFA provide?

    Below are alternatives for determining estimated tax payments that do not rely on first calculating 2019 taxes. Please note that a taxpayer can also choose to calculate 2019 taxes without filing his or her return until the July 15, 2020 deadline. The two alternatives are below:

      -  Elect to make one’s first 2020 quarterly estimate (due on April 15) to be the same amount as the 2019 estimate, then adjust the last three quarterly estimates based on income changes. If the taxpayer’s January-March 2020 income is up or down substantially compared with 2019, then adjust the first estimated payment accordingly.

      For taxpayers that also have W-2 income, the taxpayer can adjust his or her withholding amounts during the year as another tool to pay their taxes.

    Also, DFA’s Form AR1000ES - Estimated Tax Declaration Vouchers and Instructions for Tax Year 2020 - is available at the following link:

    https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/incomeTaxOffice/AR1000ES_IndividualEstimatedTaxVouchers_2020.pdf

    If you are subject to a penalty for underpayment of estimated tax when your 2020 Arkansas Individual Income Tax Return is filed in 2021, you can submit a request for a waiver of the penalty to DFA using the form available at the following link:

    https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/incomeTaxOffice/IITPenaltyWaiverRequest_RE.pdf


    Are DFA’s meetings and public hearings still taking place?

    Please check the status with the specific DFA Division hosting the meeting.


    Are Child Support Offices open for business?

    The Office of Child Support Enforcement lobbies are temporarily closed to the public. Staff will continue to be available during regular business hours by phone and by email. For local office contact information go to www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and click on Contact Child Support. During this time, child support payments received will be processed as quickly as possible and sent to the recipient. .


    Before I make the trip to DFA or a Revenue Office, I’d like to see a full list of services offered online.

    Excise Tax Administration
    • File any state tax return
    • Business tax registration for all tax types
    • Look-up tools for local tax rates
    • All statistical information is available
    • List of all Tax rules is available
    • Legal opinions available
    • Administrative hearing decisions are available
    • Make online payments using ATAP

    Motor Vehicle and Driver Services Administration
    • Pre-register a new vehicle
    • Renew a vehicle registration
    • Transfer vehicle ownership
    • Order a personalized license plate
    • Estimate sales tax due
    • Register and pay sales tax
    • Pay outstanding balances
    • Duplicate vehicle registration
    • Check title status
    • International Registration Plan (IRP) – Online Registration
    • CDL – Medical Certification
    • Change address notification
    • Request Driving Record
    • Order a duplicate Driver’s License
    • Update Renewal Notice Preference – Email or Text
    • Request Driver’s License Clearance Letter
    • Pay Reinstatement Fees

    Income Tax Administration
    • File any state tax return
    • Make Online payments using ATAP
    • Look up and print 1099-G’s
    • Look up Income Tax return and refund status
    • All tax return forms are available
    • Free E-file of your individual income tax is available

    Child Support Enforcement
    • Check the status of your child support case
    • Make child support payments
    • Communicate with OCSE Staff
    • 67% of payments are received and disbursed electronically and can be managed remotely


    I have an administrative hearing before DFA, but I am avoiding in-person contact – What do I do?

    DFA has a commitment to flexible services. If you have a scheduled tax protest hearing in DFA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, you may request that the Hearing Officer conduct the protest by telephone, on written documents, or delay the hearing until a later date by contacting the Office of Hearings and Appeals at (501) 682-7003. Please note that a business closure hearing cannot be delayed until a later date, but instead can be conducted by telephone.


    If you have a scheduled Driver Control hearing, you may request that the Hearing Officer conduct the hearing by telephone or delay the hearing until a later date by contacting the Little Rock Office of Driver Control at (501) 682-1631. A listing of local Driver Control Offices is available at https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/office-locations/driver-control-offices. Please note that if you request a delay in your hearing, the suspension of your driving privileges will not be delayed.

    You may also reach the Department by phone or email with additional questions.  The DFA website at https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/ will allow you to identify the Office or Division and their direct contact information.

Emergency Rule Changes Regarding The Sale of Alcoholic Beverages

  • Posted Date: 03/19/2020
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control, All DFA
  • News:

    Pursuant to the Governor’s March 17th Proclamation the Alcoholic Beverage Control has set forth the following Rule Amendments effective immediately and to continue for the next thirty days:

    Restaurant and Microbrewery Restaurant Permittees (hereafter referred to as “restaurants”) licensed to sell beer and wine under any permit, issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control may sell corked or sealed bottles of wine with the purchase of food, consistent with their existing ability to allow a patron to take home an unfinished bottle of wine purchased with food.  Many restaurants already have the capability to sell beer for on-premises consumption and beer to go pursuant to a retail beer permit or microbrewery restaurant permit.  In order to establish parity among all restaurants during this emergency, any restaurant licensed to sell beer under any permit, may sell sealed cans and bottles of beer to patrons with purchase of food.   Restaurants may also include beer and wine with delivery of food items.  Restaurants shall not sell any spirituous liquor to go or for delivery.  Restaurants may sell mixers and set-ups. 

    Retail liquor stores with drive thru windows are encouraged to use those exclusively.  Retail liquor stores may offer curbside services and delivery to their patrons.

    Grocery stores and convenience stores may offer curbside services and delivery to their patrons. 

    Distilleries, Small Breweries and Small Farm Wineries, consistent with their existing licenses, may sell their own products for off premises consumption and offer delivery of their products to patrons.

    Delivery of alcoholic beverages shall be by an employee of the licensed restaurant, microbrewery restaurant, distillery, small brewery, small farm winery, or liquor store.  Alcohol shall not be delivered by a third-party delivery service.

    All restaurants and retailers are reminded to continue to ensure they do not sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.

    There is to be no off-premise sales or deliveries within a dry county or area. There shall be no deliveries made into a dry county or area. Private club permit holders may not sell to go or deliver any alcoholic beverages.