Arkansas tax revenue collections began the fiscal year (July 2015-June 2016) with a 0.8% dip, but rebounded in August with a 4.6% gain, which pushed year-to-date gross revenue up almost 2%.
For the first two months of the fiscal year, state tax collections total $944.9 million, up 1.8% and 3% above what was forecast, according to the revenue report posted Wednesday (Sept. 2) by the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration.
John Shelnutt, director of economic analysis and tax research for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, said better than expected gains in sales tax and individual income tax revenue in August helped push the numbers higher. Part of the sales tax gain came from a one-time audit payment of $6 million.
“Sales tax growth excluding the one-time collections was 5.5 percent. Gains excluding one-time effects were significant overall and in a variety of consumption categories. Individual Income tax collections were up 2.9 percent above year ago collections ($11.5 million over forecast), partly attributable to payroll timing effects in the Withholding tax category,” Shelnutt noted in the report. “Among smaller revenue sources, Tobacco was slightly above forecast and moderately above year ago collections. Results in Gaming revenue exceeded forecast and continued to display double-digit growth over year ago revenue.”
Individual income tax collections during August totaled $215.2 million, up 2.9% from August 2014 and 5.6% above the budget forecast. August sales and use tax collections were $204.6 million, up 8.7% compared to August 2014 and 6.6% better than the budget forecast. Without one-time audit revenue, sales and use tax collections would have been up 5.5%. Income taxes and the sales and use tax collections are the two primary sources of state revenue.
Corporate income tax revenue for August was $6.2 million, down $1.7 million compared to August 2014 and 20% below the budget forecast.
For the first two months of the fiscal year, income tax revenue is $416 million, down 1.5% compared to the same period in 2014, and 3% above forecast. Sales and use tax revenue for the first two months of the fiscal year is $397.7 million, up 6.4% compared to the same period in 2014 and 4.4% above forecast.
OTHER TAX REVENUE SOURCES
July-Aug. 2015: $9.7 million
July-Aug. 2014: $10 million
Games of skill
July-Aug. 2015: $8.7 million
July-Aug. 2014: $6.8 million
July-Aug. 2015: $38.9 million
July-Aug. 2014: $38.5 million
July-Aug. 2015: $20.3
July-Aug. 2014: $20.7 million