Updated 8:23 PM 3/30/2017
Senate Bill 140, the Internet Sales and Use Tax passed in the Senate and in House committee. It now will be voted on by the full House of Representatives.
This is your LAST CHANCE to stop the tax. It is urgent that you voice your opinion to your state Representative.
- If approved by the House, the Governor will sign the bill and you will be paying 6.5% state tax on your internet purchases from out-of-state sellers.
- The state estimated it will collect over $100 million in new tax revenue from Arkansas consumers.
- That also means $100 million less in buying power, at a time when many Arkansans are struggling.
- Poll results show Arkansans oppose the state collecting taxes on out of state internet purchases. The poll was conducted by Mercury, and commissioned by the National Taxpayers Union and R Street. (See CFA Article)
- Passage of SB140 means your Republican legislators are taxing you. The Republican Party holds a supermajority of the seats in both houses of the Arkansans General Assembly.
- SB140 violates the National Republican Party Platform of 2016 which states: “We will consistently support internet policies that allow people and private enterprise to thrive, without providing new and expanded government powers to tax and regulate so that the internet does not become the vehicle for a dramatic expansion of government power.” (See CFA Article)
- SB140 is in direct violation of established and clear US Supreme Court rulings dating back to 1967. These rulings over the past fifty years have kept states from imposing their taxes on out-of-state sellers. (See CFA Article)
- While the legislature has already increased or created new taxes and fees this year, there has been NO EFFORT to identify state programs that should be cut back or eliminated. – Its tax and spend.