Online tax bill fails

Online companies that do not already collect sales tax in Arkansas will not be forced to do so by state law after a controversial bill aimed at collecting sales tax on purchases from online merchants failed in a 43-50 vote in the House Monday.

Voucher-like bill dies again in House

For the second time this legislative session, a controversial bill that would establish education savings accounts to be used at parents' discretion to fund private school and other education costs failed to pass in the Arkansas House.

Internet sales tax bill revived in committee

A bill aimed at collecting sales tax on purchases from Amazon and other online merchants advanced out of the Arkansas House Revenue and Tax Committee Thursday after having failed to pass three times before in the same committee. Each time the previous vote had to be expunged before the bill could be presented again. Senate Bill 140 would require online sellers that gross more than $100,000 or process at least 200 separate transactions to collect sales tax or to report annually to the state Department of Finance and Administration information about online sales in Arkansas, including the name and address of each Arkansas purchaser and the amount of money spent. The bill already passed in the Senate. Sen. Jake Files (R-Fort Smith), lead sponsor of SB 140, said it was a tough bill, but it "has the opportunity to probably have the most impact of anything we do down here for all of our local businesses and for cities and counties as well, as well as the state."