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Arkansas online sales tax bill heads to Gov.

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - Legislation requiring many out-of-state online retailers in Arkansas to collect sales taxes the same way in-state stores do is heading to the governor's desk.

The House on Wednesday voted 62-28 to require out-of-state retailers to collect Arkansas sales taxes if their annual sales in the state exceed $10,000. The measure would apply to retailers that have online affiliates in Arkansas who directly or indirectly refer customers for a commission or some other consideration.

The measure is backed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which said the legislation would level the playing field between retailers and online businesses. State officials say the change would have a minimal benefit to the state.

Online retailers such as Amazon have opposed similar moves in other states, and opponents say it will hurt businesses.

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