Supreme Court rules in favor of online sales tax

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that states and cities can collect sales tax from online purchases

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that states and cities can collect sales tax from online purchases

Governor Mary Fallin also applauded the Court decision which overturned an earlier ruling that a business had to have a physical presence in a state in order for that state to collect state sales tax on online purchases. Rep. Patrick Hatlestad, R-Williston, N.D., says the playing field is even now that online retailers don't have the advantage of not charging sales tax. A statement from the large retailer Target said: "We are pleased the Court's ruling will close the loophole that has allowed online-only retailers to avoid collecting and remitting sales taxes while still requiring local businesses to do so". However, legal experts say it remains unclear whether some states may impose taxes on retailers even smaller than those affected by South Dakota's law.

It was a South Dakota case that led to Thursday's high court decision, which opens the door for consumers to see sales tax on more online purchases and eventual reductions in the state sales tax rate that were built into a 2016 tax hike to raise teacher pay.

Previous bills in the Utah State Legislature to require online retailers to collect sales taxes have failed under pushback from the public and taxpayer watchdog groups.

Bridgett Lambert, the executive director of the West Virginia Retailers Association, said she was not sure if Justice understands the impact of the ruling.

"There's no reason you should have to pay sales taxes in one scenario and not the other", Deskins said.

The decision reverses a 26-year-old standard that allowed states to levy sales taxes on e-commerce sales only if the sellers had physical locations in the state.

"The Trump Store has been a clear victor under what the court just labeled 'a judicially created tax shelter, '" Davis said.

Roberts said this amount is up in the air, but it could be enough additional revenue to make a difference.

"I would really love for our government to get behind the idea of small business and when you do something like this it does not encourage small business", Keyton said. The court gave South Dakota a victory, knocking aside the physical-presence rule as arbitrary and obsolete in the digital age. Congress could also step in and block retroactivity, Jones said. In 2015, 72.5 percent of Tennessee's total tax revenues came from sales tax. Amazon.com and Overstock.com are among the companies that say they support a nationwide law that would relieve retailers from dealing with a patchwork of state tax laws. Some states have exemptions for collecting sales tax.

A case study Vince Kadlubek was originally happy enough when he heard of the Supreme Court ruling.

The state government also is expected to receive hundreds of millions of dollars through online sales tax, according to estimates from Georgia State University's Fiscal Research Center. "With our state's growing economy, I don't want to reach into West Virginians' pockets when we don't need to", he said.

In Oklahoma and in Norman, the biggest online retailer, Amazon, was already voluntarily remitting sales tax which comes to the city from the Oklahoma Tax Commission as a use tax. "And it's about time".

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