Push for internet sales tax in Arkansas gains steam

Push for internet sales tax in Arkansas gains steam
A bill dealing with online sales tax has been filed in Arkansas. (Source: KARK)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - After a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, a debated online sales tax has a chance of passing in the Natural State.

As Little Rock television station KARK reports, the outcome of the South Dakota v. Wayfair case lets states require remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax for online purchases made in their states.

House Bill 1002 was filed by St. Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, that would do just that in Arkansas.

“It’s a fairness issue,” Douglas said. “I had retailers come up to me and say, ‘We have people come in that shop our products. They’ll take pictures of it and literally order it online on their phones there to save the sales tax.’ These are people that hire our local citizens, create jobs, support our schools and pay taxes, property taxes, to help maintain our cities and counties. It’s unfair to them.”

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has estimated that the state would generate more than $35 million annually from remote sellers.

Cities and counties that collect the sales tax could see about $8 million.

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