Amazon Discontinues Affiliate Program in Arkansas
Well, after a few other states had passed sales tax bills for online retailers, the trend now continues with Arkansas. Amazon is making the pull out official in Arkansas as well. Amazon strictly opposed the new tax since they indicate that it was supported heavily by big box retailers who were looking to harm the online retail sector. Many in Arkansas who have been Amazon affiliates will have to look elsewhere for online revenue after July 24, 2011 as that is when the online retail giant says they will be discontinuing the program at that time, while making their last payments on the regular scheduled intervals.
It is yet to be seen how these new laws in several states now, including notibly Illinois, where the tax was heavily contested as well, will either help or hinder retail sales in those states. Many who opposed the tax say that the new tax is unconstitutional. Other states may be jumping on the bandwagon with these new sales tax laws. The fallout is yet to be seen.