July 13, 2017 | Posted in Taxes | By

This week I ordered a $130 item on Amazon.  When my order was tallied, an extra $11 was added for Arkansas sales tax.

Thanks to legislative talk about collecting sales taxes on all Internet purchases, Amazon decided to start collecting it on their own.  Considering the fact that almost every member of the Arkansas Legislature promised no tax increases when they ran for office, aren’t you bothered that they instigated the collection of these taxes?

I’m sure some sly person will remind me that I’m supposed to pay that tax on my own anyway and that it’s not really a tax increase.   I might argue that a law few people know about, that’s never been enforced, and that suddenly takes effect feels a lot like a new law–and this one’s impact on the pocket book is the same as a tax increase.

I understand the need not to put local brick-and-mortar businesses at a disadvantage, but our lawmakers could have helped them out by decreasing the tax burden on those businesses rather than taking actions that burden good working people once again.

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.