On Thursday, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court handed down a major victory in South Dakota v. Wayfair, concluding that state and local governments can require remote retailers with no physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales taxes. North Dakota decision was outdated and that sales tax collection is no longer the burden it might once have been due to changes in technology. "It's affecting everyone on a grand scheme and I don't think the one consumer thinks that far along", said Mitchell.
The Supreme Court ruling in a 2016 South Dakota case overturns a 1992 decision, Quill Corp. v.
But for large retail chains that operate stores, the benefits are likely to be limited, according to tax and retail consultants. But the court found it is "unworkable" to apply a rule based on physical offices to online sales, saying it caused more confusion as some states maintained that even allowing users to download an app in their state counted as a "physical presence". Otherwise, they didn't have to collect the state's sales tax.
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Grover Norquist, president of the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, said in a statement, "Today the Supreme Court said yes - you can be taxed by politicians you do not elect and who act knowing you are powerless to object".
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Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson said she will move ahead with efforts to start collecting the online sales tax, though she didn't have a timeline for enforcement and she acknowledged retailers could sue and "drag this out".
These cabinets are just one representative of how the online industry has affected brick and mortar stores. And some shoppers find online shopping too convenient to give up. "The internet is ingrained as part of commerce today".
While the decision does not significantly change the fortunes of big chains or e-commerce retailers, the impact from the decision is likely to be felt by smaller online businesses. He wrote that the test was "a judicially created tax shelter for businesses that limit their physical presence in a state but sell their goods and services to the state's consumers". Scott Drenkard, with the conservative, nonpartisan Tax Foundation, said Louisiana's laws don't dovetail with the court ruling.
"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. In turn, that means it's a huge loss for e-commerce companies like Wayfair, Newegg and Overstock (all involved in the case), which have argued that the complexity and cost of collecting and remitting would put many small digital sellers out of business.
Republicans already reticent to support taxes circulated news of the ruling - and talked about the possible income it could generate - as a reason to vote for a lower-dollar sales tax proposal or to vote against taxes entirely.