Supreme Court says states can require online retailers to collect sales tax

Supreme Court rules states can collect sales tax from internet retailers in historic e-commerce case

A Supreme Court Ruling Could Make Your Online Purchases More Expensive

How will this affect your wallet? It may be hard and costly for Kadlubeck to comply as many states will demand that online sellers in other states collect sales tax from buyers in their states. With the incredible evolution of technologies and the growth of internet sales, this Supreme Court ruling will help level the playing field between our Hoosier-based companies that operate retail stores and out-of-state companies that sell products and services online in our state. Those retailers understandably have had concerns over the years when they faced increasingly intense competition from online sellers who, in some cases, boasted that purchases from their sites were not subject to the same taxes that would need to be added to the price of the same goods from a local store. Reaction to the ruling is mixed Companies with a physical retail presence in states have cheered the decision since before they were at a competitive disadvantage with online sellers.

But when and if that happens depends on the state: Some may pass laws quickly, others can take years and some states, like the ones that don't have a sales tax, may choose not to require it, says Bishop-Henchman. Some states that lack a broad sales tax, including New Hampshire, Montana and Washington, had submitted arguments to the court taking the opposite position.

"I will be learning a lot in the next couple of months", Kranz says. More than 20 states define a seller's physical presence as including any affiliated website. The losers, said retail analyst Neil Saunders, are online-only retailers, especially smaller ones.

The high court called the 1992 decision limiting states' ability to tax online retailers "unsound and incorrect". He predicted the Legislature will attempt to clarify its own e-commerce-related tax laws in next year's session and said it was likely some e-retailers here would start voluntarily collecting sales tax in anticipation of those changes.

EBay also said in a statement Thursday that Congress needs to "provide clear tax rules, with a strong small business exemption".

"It's a great day for South Dakota and Main Street America", said South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley.

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Nebraska Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton said Thursday morning that officials were still reading the court opinion and could not comment on how it might affect the state.

The high court on Thursday overturned a 1992 ruling that a retailer must have a physical presence in a state to collect tax from buyers in that state.

This law affects IL shoppers that check out of shopping sites without paying sales tax, and the sites are now required to add them. That may change as state laws are modified. South Dakota's governor has said his state loses out on an estimated $50 million a year in sales tax that doesn't get collected by out-of-state sellers. South Dakota's gambit worked: in its.

The case is South Dakota v. Wayfair, 17-494.

The US Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The ruling upheld a South Dakota law that exempts sellers with $100,000 or less in sales in the state.

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