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State general revenues boom in May

by Michael R. Wickline | June 2, 2021 at 10:15 a.m.
FILE — The state Capitol is shown in this file photo.

With the help of a rebounding economy and federal stimulus payments, Arkansas state general revenues in May increased by $341 million, or 70.8%, over a year ago and exceeded the state’s April 2, 2020 forecast by $327.8 million, or 66.2%.

The state’s individual income-tax due date changes compared to a year ago account for part of the growth in the year-ago comparison, the state Department of Finance and Administration said Wednesday in its monthly revenue report.

Last year, the state changed its individual income tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. This year, that deadline was extended from April 15 until May 17.

The state’s April 2, 2002, general revenue forecast was based on a covid-19-spawned recession.

The state’s net general revenues in May increased by $289.3 million, or 79.1%, over a year ago to $655.2 million and exceeded the state’s April 2, 2020, forecast by $263.2 million, or 67.1%. May is the eleventh month of fiscal 2021.

During the first 11 months of fiscal 2021, the state’s net general revenues have increased by $941 million, or 18.2%, over the same period in fiscal 2021 to $6.1 billion and exceeded the state’s forecast by $980 million, or 19.1%.

John Shelnutt, the state’s chief economic forecaster, said the state’s surplus in fiscal 2021 is likely to exceed $1 billion.

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