An unexpected 18% jump in Arkansas income tax collections boosted December available revenues to a $38 million increase from December 2011, $17.5 million above expectations. Total available collections of $465.5 million in December included $243 million from the individual income tax, the Department of Finance and Administration said last week.

Finance Director Richard Weiss said the increase came partly because December 2012 had two more paydays than December 2011. As a result of calendar quirks, he said, January collections are expected to dip.

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