Supreme Court sales tax ruling to make online shopping more expensive

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"This is not a new tax".

NRF and other retail groups said in a second brief filed this year that lack of uniform collection is "inflicting extreme harm and unfairness" on local retailers by "distorting the retail market in favor of absentee ecommerce".

But in the often perverse calculus of modern day politics, the move to go after that billion dollar pot of money may not be as easy as it seems.

Mega online retailer Amazon surrendered in the fight against online sales taxes and now collects it in 45 states (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and OR don't collect any sales taxes).

"It's disappointing to have to turn away business", Gendelman said, "but the Supreme Court hasn't left us much choice".

"It's clear that none of those judges are from a low-tax state like New Hampshire because if they were, they'd know how outrageous the decision is", Gov. Chris Sununu told reporters.

States lost out on $17.2 billion in sales tax in 2016 because of these loopholes, reported the National Conference of State Legislatures. It's good for the people. But the opposition, including the well-funded online retailers and some members of Congress who believe it is their purview to create this type of legislation, could be just as potent in a legislative fight.

More news: Supreme Court rules that states can collect sales tax from online retailers

Company Folders, based in Pontiac, said the sales tax requirement of more than $100,000 in annual sales or 200 annual transactions from South Dakota is problematic. That older case prevented states from collecting a sales tax from retailers without a physical presence in their state.

Currently, businesses shipping a product to another state where it does not have a "physical presence" - a store, office or warehouse - are not forced to collect that state's sales tax.

Wayfair was down 2.7 percent and Overstock off 1.6 percent.

(Undated) - There is already talk at the IN statehouse about collecting what the state is owed from online sales.

The exact impact of the ruling on Florida's sales tax collections is unknown but it could be significant.

States have been waiting for Congress or the Supreme Court to resolve the dispute, which has mirrored the growth of online shopping. The issue had been pushed to the fore by South Dakota, which had argued that its recent law insisting on applying tax even to purchases made online beyond the state's borders should be upheld. South Dakota took him up on the suggestion. "(They) pay property taxes, lease or own retail space, support their communities through charitable contributions and help their communities recover after natural disasters". For instance, the tax now could be collected from S.C. shoppers who shop online at outdoor retailer L.L. Bean.

"A lot about our world and economy has changed in the 26 years since our nation's highest court last ruled on this issue", said Gov. Eric Holcomb. "This is a victory for Alabama's Main Street retailers".

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