Amazon: Is it collecting sales taxes in Arkansas? | Arkansas Blog

Friday, March 24, 2017

Amazon: Is it collecting sales taxes in Arkansas?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM

On-line merchant Amazon announced in February that it would begin collecting sales taxes in Arkansas voluntarily on March 1, though it's legally exempt because it has no physical operations in the state.

A variety of legislation is pending to encourage or force on-line retailers to collect sales taxes in Arkansas and legislators have many ideas about using the expected new money.

Is Amazon collecting the tax?

A friend reports several purchases he's made in March through Amazon had no sales tax add-ons.

What's your experience?

The Department of Finance and Administration says it is prohibited by law from revealing whether a specific merchant has remitted any taxes. I've sent a query to Amazon.

UPDATE: Still no word from Amazon, but readers may have provided the answer. They report paying sales taxes on items bought directly from Amazon, though items bought from independent sellers listed on Amazon may not be collecting the tax.

If nothing else, it illustrates some of the vagaries of Internet commerce. It's pretty easy to collect from a brick box outlet on Main Street, Arkansas.

Retailers remit on a monthly basis. The March figures, released in April, should begin to indicate impact of the Amazon policy change.

The state will have a pretty good idea of the results, even if it may not share that information publicly. Businesses collecting taxes file a business tax registration form and files individually as stipulated.

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (16)

Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation