Supreme Court lets states charge internet retailers more in taxes


Supreme Court lets states charge internet retailers more in taxes

Internet retailers previously were not bound by state sales tax laws unless they had a physical presence in the state.

Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, praised the decision, saying it "levels the playing field for bricks-and-mortar stores".

Revenue's online tax page at will be updated as needed with new information. North Dakota, which said mail orders from out-of-state companies didn't have to add sales tax. "Extra sales tax makes the hole smaller next year".

The US Supreme Court on Thursday gave states the ability to require online and out-of-state retailers to collect and send them state sales taxes.

The retail trade association argued in a friend-of-the-court brief past year that the court's 1992 Quill Corp. v.

States around the nation are expected to follow suit on collecting taxes directly from internet retailers - regardless of where they are located - now that the Supreme Court has opened the gate.

Previous Supreme Court rulings said businesses had to have a physical presence in the state.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito concurred. Justices John Roberts, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor dissented in the ruling.

Ultimately, the decision may prod Congress to act.

Gov. Doug Burgum echoed that statement, calling the decision "a long overdue victory".

Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom. However, consumers have the option to shop online, pay no sales tax, and get the item cheaper, which is not fair to local stores, Deskins said. In areas where there is a local 1 percent option tax, retailers will be required to collect that as well. All Florida taxpayers will benefit from today's ruling, which will bring equity and fairness to Florida's sales and use tax. Instead, consumers were responsible for send states the necessary taxes - something that most people never do.

"As in so many other areas, technology has evolved faster than the law and left us with at times freaky, unfair results", she said. Scott Drenkard, with the conservative, nonpartisan Tax Foundation, said Louisiana's laws don't dovetail with the court ruling. One tax bill failed in an evening vote, while a second bill was pulled from consideration. Those dollars are expected to provide $200 million a year for the IL state treasury according to estimates by the Department of Revenue.

Businesses that sell through marketplace websites, such as third-party sellers on Amazon, and store inventory in the state at the time of the sale are also required to collect sales tax, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. That may change as state laws are modified. He says the court ruling made reaching the threshold harder.



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