Arkansas carriers can throw away bill for obsolete tax

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department told the Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 23, that trucking companies don’t have to pay a tax bill the agency mistakenly mailed. The notices were for a $5 per-vehicle fee that the Legislature eliminated in its session earlier this year, the AP reported.

The tax was done away with so the state would be in compliance with the federal Unified Carrier Act of 2005; that law will replace the Single State Registration System (SSRS) with the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR). The state no longer will need the fee because it won’t administer its own registry, according to the AP.

The Arkansas Trucking Association told the news agency that the state collected about $2 million last year from those fees.