Joint effort eases tax paying

Money now accepted at 3 bank branches, some retail stores

By Joseph Flaherty
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Pulaski County treasurer Thursday announced two new ways for residents to make tax payments in cash during the covid-19 outbreak: via the drive-thru lane at three Centennial Bank branches or at stores like Walmart, Kroger and Edwards Cash Saver.

Treasurer Debra Buckner said during a news conference outside the county administration building in Little Rock that her office collaborated with partners to make the alternative payment options available to residents after many public buildings closed when the outbreak reached Arkansas this spring.

Even before the pandemic at the start of the year, the treasurer's office needed to collect $531 million from 380,000 parcels, Buckner said.

A "soft opening" beginning Sept. 1 for the drive-thru option at Centennial Bank locations took in $1,076,000 in tax revenue as of Wednesday, Buckner said. She described it as a sign that "the public is receiving this very well." READ MORE.

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