Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Eateries measure sent to governor

- — Michael R. Wickline

The Arkansas Senate on Monday voted to send to the governor legislatio­n that would allow restaurant­s to pay their sales taxes quarterly rather than monthly.

After concurring with a House amendment to Senate Bill 479, by Sen. Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock, the Senate voted 35-0 to give final approval to the bill. Under the bill, restaurant­s may delay the remittance of sales taxes and the filing of reports for sales tax collected from MarchMay this year until June 20; for June-August until Sept. 20; for September-November until Dec. 20; and for December-February 2022 until March 20, 2022, according to the state Department of Finance and Administra­tion.

SB479 also would no longer require restaurant­s with a valid alcoholic beverage permit to get preapprova­l from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division to offer outdoor dining, according to finance department spokesman Scott Hardin.

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