Arkansas – AR Sales tax collection bill passes House

Posted: Feb 08, 2017 07:13 AM CST
Updated: Feb 08, 2017 07:13 AM CST

LITTLE ROCK – A bill that would require shoppers to pay Arkansas sales tax on online purchases passed in the House 54-26 Tuesday.

House Bill 1388 would require out-of-state online retailers who do not already collect sales and use tax in the state to warn Arkansas customers that a sales or use tax was due. Online retailers would also have to send the customer an annual statement detailing the online purchases and taxes owed and would have to send an annual report of sales for each customer to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Arkansans would be expected to remit the sales tax with their income tax returns.

“We don’t have the goose that laid the golden egg,” said Rep. Dan Douglas (R-Bentonville), lead sponsor of the bill. “If you want to fund pre-K, you have to vote for this bill. If you want to fund highways, you can vote for this bill. If you want to do tax cuts, here’s the money.”

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