Online tax ruling could mean $20M for NM

Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annu

Supreme Court rules states can force online retailers to collect sales tax

Sellers that have a physical presence in only a single state or a few states have been able to avoid charging sales taxes when they shipped to addresses outside those states. While states like NY may be emboldened to test the bounds of what's possible now, retailers will likely look to rein those states in through legal action. "Today, remote retailers.effectively receive a subsidy because of how unlikely it is their customers will ever pay state sales and use taxes that they undeniably owe". But now he does. Forty-five of the 50 states impose sales taxes.

"That's because local politicians desperate to find money to improve schools, roads and law enforcement will look for outside their borders to find it", he said. Large retailers including Apple, Macy's, Target and Walmart, which have brick-and-mortar stores, already generally collect sales tax from their customers who buy online.

Davids said if he is back next session as House tax leader - state House representatives are up for election in November - he will try to lower taxes so overall there is no tax increase.

As an example, lawyers for the online retailers told the high court that in IL, a Snickers bar costs more in taxes than a Twix bar, since food items containing flour are not treated as candy for tax purposes. Now that consumers make a growing share of their purchases online, states said that cost them billions annually in potential sales tax revenue.

Most states would need to pass legislation before seeking to collect the additional taxes, although some have already enacted laws or regulations similar to South Dakota's. "It's just now it's going to be universal".


Reached Friday afternoon, June 22, Gendelman said he hadn't yet considered excluding other states, such as North Dakota. "Last year, e-commerce retail sales alone were estimated at $453.5 billion". That's because some things just don't sell successfully online, like gas for your vehicle.

In a 5-4 decision, the court overturned decades-old decisions blocking states from taxing online purchases if the vendor had no "physical presence" in that state, according to The Associated Press. It will eliminate the unfair disparity between locally owned retailers and their online competitors.

At issue was the Quill Corp. v.

South Dakota taxes most products at a single rate, exempts small sellers and doesn't allow retroactive collection.

"You've got to have a modern sales tax, so we don't have to have any other kind of tax that people don't want", Calabro said. But the vast majority of shoppers didn't follow through. South Dakota took him up on the suggestion.


South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley speaks outside the Supreme Court after the court heard oral arguments, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Washington.

A 2011 report issued by the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute found the state is likely losing about $77 million in sales taxes on these e-commerce transactions each year.

This has been a point of contention between states and online retailers for a long time.

"The Quill Court did not have before it the present realities of the interstate marketplace, where the Internet's prevalence and power have changed the dynamics of the national economy", Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the ruling. Dissenting from the decision, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote: "E-commerce has grown into a significant and vibrant part of our national economy against the backdrop of established rules, including the physical-presence rule".


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