Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Supreme Court Rules States Can Charge Online Shoppers Sales Tax

Supreme Court rules that internet sales can be taxed by states Supreme Court decides online sales tax issue
| 22 June, 2018, 18:44

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case in April.

Over on NBC News, they are reporting that the US Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that states can now force retailers to collect sales tax on online sales regardless of where the business is located.

The Supreme Court overrules the Quill case, which previously set the precedent for collecting sales tax from online sellers.

Still, the ruling clears the way for other states to enact similar laws requiring retailers to collect applicable sales tax on online purchases made by residents of the state. Estimates of how much money the states are losing vary dramatically, ranging from more than $200 billion over five years to a recent estimate from the Government Accountability Office of between $8 billion and $13 billion per year.

Recent attempts at the Roundhouse to impose the state's gross receipts tax on internet vendors have failed - one proposal was line-item vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez past year - but lawmakers from both political parties have described the measure as a fairness issue that could help local businesses.

Kennedy was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch to make the decision.

"At this time, the Department is reviewing the ruling and its impact on Florida sales tax", a Revenue spokeswoman said.

The ruling is sure to elate the state's small retailers. Thanks to Amazon's nationwide network of warehouses, the company already collects sales tax for the majority of states.

"The taxpayers of Florida really rely heavily on the sales tax". Consumers themselves could be ordered to pay sales taxes, but of course, compliance was extremely low.

Today's ruling doesn't require states to collect sales tax-they nearly certainly will if they weren't already-but today's ruling won't' change anything immediately.


South Carolinians soon could pay more to shop online after the U.S. "Nobody does it, but they actually technically do owe it", said Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Institute.

South Dakota was backed by 35 states in the case, each of which filed an amicus brief in support of online sales tax.

Castro said she was "quite content" with the court's decision, calling it a "huge win for our small businesses who really struggled to compete".

Or, it could raise little new money for the state. That software, too, can be an added cost.

"These very brick-and-mortar retailers are the ones who employ one in four South Carolinians", Lindsey Kueffner, head of the state's Retail Association, said in a statement Thursday.

Many e-commerce giants like Amazon and Walmart already collect sales tax because they're so big they have a large enough presence throughout various states to collect sales tax. "We look forward to working with state leaders as they take the necessary actions to ensure that this tax, which has been required under Florida law for decades, is collected moving forward".

IN lawmakers anticipated the ruling in 2017 when they passed a law that imposed sales tax on companies that did at least $100,000 worth of business or more than 200 separate transactions in the state in a year. Indeed, Amazon had been in favor of online sales tax collection.

The states that are likely to see the biggest percentage increase in revenue are Louisiana, Tennessee, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Alabama, according to the Barclays research.

The Trump administration had urged the justices to side with South Dakota.

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