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What's that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax

25 June, 2018, 06:57 | Author: Shawna Walton
  • Online shopping to get more expensive as Supreme Court rules that states can collect sales tax

But he said "Any increased revenue attributable to total enforcement of our sales tax laws must be steered toward property tax relief". But smaller online stores may not have been collecting sales tax, which the Supreme Court ruling could change.

But to brick-and-mortar stores, the ruling righted a decades-old imbalance that favored internet retailers and led to the demise of thousands of merchants. "We're not afraid of competition, but it's just got to be level for everybody". "Some of those online state sales (tax) was just coming out of pocket, and I was just paying it to IN".

However, one online retailer, Nick Martin, the owner The Pro's Closet, argued in a 2014 BRAIN opinion piece that a system to collect state taxes nationally would be a burden on small operations.

"We are talking about middle-market businesses that have a CFO and maybe no tax department and that rely on an accounting firm to be their tax department", RSM's Kirkell said. Her Seattle-based online business sells through Amazon, which handles computation and collection. However, it will be good for state budgets.

National Retail Federation CEO Matt Shay on the impact of the Supreme Court ruling that states can charge sales tax for online purchases.

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced their decision on the S. Dakota v. Wayfair case, overturning the long-standing rule that states could not tax businesses or sellers outside of that state's borders. Small and medium size businesses are most negatively impacted These business are faced with a huge problem because compliance is complicated.

Only five states do not have a state-wide sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

We asked some vendors of sales-tax services for their advice.

"So this is about sales tax collection, but it's also about equality and support of those people who have businesses in our community".

In the digital era, the costs of complying with different tax regimes "are largely unrelated to whether a company happens to have a physical presence in a state", Kennedy wrote. Allen Walton CEO of SpyGuy.com, an online seller of security equipment complained: "This makes life very hard for people like me".

The group described the decision as a "body blow" to customers and small online businesses. Hart Posen an associate professor at the Wisconsin School of Business thinks that the decision can be a boon for Amazon.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that paved the way for states to levy sales taxes on online purchases could have big ramifications in New Mexico - for shoppers, local retailers and the state's coffers.

"Remote sellers will be required to collect and remit sales tax to North Dakota only if they make a minimum of either 200 sales or $100,000 in sales per year in North Dakota, even if they don't have a physical presence here".

"Rejecting the physical presence rule is necessary to ensure that artificial competitive advantages are not created by this court's precedents", Kennedy said.

The decision, in which South Dakota prevailed over the online furniture retailer Wayfair, immediately sent ripples through the internet shopping industry sending shares tumbling in Amazon, eBay, Etsy and others.

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