Tax Reform Task Force Fires Consultant Group

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- Legislators tasked with figuring out how to best reform Arkansas' tax system have fired the consultant group originally hired to help analyze the state's tax code and recommend changes, officials say. 

A member of the Tax Reform and Relief Task Force told KNWA/KFTA he motioned to fire PFM Group after growing frustration by various task force members on the consultants' inability to answer basic questions on the accuracy of their research data. The task force then agreed to fire the group without any objections, he said. 

That same task force member said while presenting its data to legislators, PFM Group didn't even seem to know about the lower and middle class tax cuts the state had passed in 2015 and 2017. 

No other consultants have been hired to replace PFM Group. Now, the Bureau of Legislative Research will be doing the task force's reports, and the state Department of Finance and Administration will be running the numbers, officials said.

The task force will hear from interested parties moving forward and get their opinions on what changes to make to the tax code.

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