Arkansas – AR Could Become 35th State to Pass Internet Sales Tax

By: Karella Kordsmeier
Posted: Feb 01, 2017 03:40 PM CST
Updated: Feb 01, 2017 03:40 PM CST

“ARKANSAS – (via KARK) — Consumers in the Natural State could soon notice an extra charge when they check out online.

A bill aims to make Arkansas the 35th state to pass an Internet sales tax, according to lawmakers.

There’s currently a state use tax that consumers are supposed to pay. According to the law, if Arkansans buy something online, they should fill out a form, write a check and send it to the state.

“Obviously, doesn’t ever get done,” said State Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, who’s sponsoring the bill. “The tax is on the books. But just because you’re not paying it, doesn’t mean it’s not due.”

The e-fairness bill would instead make the online seller collect from the buyer. The legislation applies to online vendors who make at least $100,000 a year in revenue.

“If you buy a CD in the store, you pay taxes,” Sen. Files said. “If you download it in your car in the parking lot, you don’t. It [the bill] levels the playing field.”

In as early as a few months, Sen. Files said for example, a $1.29 iTunes song would cost $1.37.

“So it’s not like you’re doubling the price,” he said”…

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