Nearly two-thirds of all Arkansas voters support using a portion of the state’s $1.2 billion budget surplus to reduce income taxes, with widespread support across the political spectrum.
When given a choice of how to allocate the state’s budget surplus, Arkansas voters overwhelmingly select reducing income tax rates over other options.
A majority of Arkansas voters—by a more than two-to-one majority—support dedicating a portion of future budget surpluses to phasing out Arkansas’s state income tax.
Key facts—like helping recruit good-paying jobs, helping small businesses, and helping struggling families—increase support for income tax phaseout even more.
Overall, Arkansans favor eliminating the state income tax by a roughly two-to-one margin.
USING SURPLUS DOLLARS TO LOWER INCOME TAX RATES
1. Arkansas recorded a nearly $1.2 billion budget surplus at the end of the most recent fiscal year, the third consecutive year with a billion dollar surplus or more. Arkansans support returning these excess funds to taxpayers by reducing the state income tax.
2. Arkansas voters support using the surplus for income tax cuts above other spending priorities.
3. Arkansas voters support using future budget surpluses for additional income tax relief, pushing Arkansas closer to phasing out the income tax.
PHASING OUT THE STATE INCOME TAX
4. Arkansas voters support phasing out the state income tax.
Arkansans are more likely to support
PHASING OUT THE INCOME TAX WHEN THEY KNOW...
5. It would bring more good-paying jobs to Arkansas.
6. It would help small businesses expand and hire more workers.
7. It would help struggling Arkansas families pay their bills.
8. Arkansas has lost more than $750 million in wealth to Tennessee and Florida over the last 30 years, both of which have no state income tax.
9. It would help attract and retain more workers.
10. Neighboring states are also significantly cutting their income taxes.
11. Residents of Texarkana, Arkansas, already pay no state income taxes because of their proximity to Texas, which has no income tax.
12. Neighboring states Tennessee and Texas have no state income tax.
13. Workers are paying more in taxes than the state government needs in order to operate.
COMMONSENSE STRATEGIES TO PHASE OUT THE INCOME TAX
14. Arkansans support reducing the size of the state government and cutting costly bureaucrat salaries when they learn that doing so would enable Arkansas to phase out its state income tax.
15. Arkansans support eliminating unnecessary government functions when they learn that doing so could help phase out the state income tax.
16. Arkansas has several exemptions to its state sales tax for certain businesses and industries. Arkansans support eliminating these exemptions when they learn that doing so could help phase out the state income tax.
17. Arkansans support increasing taxes on nicotine products when they learn that doing so could help phase out the state income tax.
Results for this poll were collected by Opportunity Arkansas Foundation using an independent polling firm. The questions utilized an IVR and live call survey from a statewide sample of 455 likely Arkansas voters, conducted August 28–31, 2023, with a margin of sampling error of ± 4.59 percentage points. The margin of sampling errors may be higher for subgroups. Results presented may not always appear to total 100 percent due to rounding. Data were post-stratified using weighted demographic information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey Voting and Registration Supplement and the state election authorities. Demographic information for actual voters in past elections was used to construct sample target weights. Opportunity Arkansas Foundation paid for all costs associated with this survey.