Supreme Court: States Can Collect Online Sales Tax

The Supreme Court opened the door for states to collect sales taxes on purchases from online retailers even if that company doesn't have a physical presence in that state.

ABC News reports:

In a case that could likely mean consumers paying more nationwide, the Supreme Court Thursday opened the door for states to collect sales taxes on purchases from online retailers even if that company doesn't have a physical presence in that state.

The court overturned a longstanding rule that states can collect sales taxes only on transactions if the retailer has a "bricks and mortar" presence in that state. The decision could allow more states to impose sales taxes on companies that operate entirely online.

The internet retailers argued that allowing every state to collect taxes on online sales would cause confusion and unreasonable burdens in today's online-heavy retail economy.

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."

Kennedy also said that the rule makes no sense, and that "this Court should not maintain a rule that ignores these substantial virtual connections to the State."

Business leaders said that the decision helps "brick and mortar" stores.

Read the rest of the article here.

20 hours ago

Republican Glenn Youngkin sworn in as governor of Virginia

Republican Glenn Youngkin was sworn on Saturday as the next governor of Virginia, delivering an optimistic message about empowering parents, overcoming COVID-19 and providing economic relief to families and businesses

5 days, 20 hours ago

Unemployment agency pegs likely pandemic fraud losses at more than $8.5 billion

Michigan's jobless aid agency lost more than $8.5 billion to suspected fraudulent payments amid record claims and persistent attempts at fraud during the pandemic

6 days, 16 hours ago

Gov. McMaster urges lawmakers to cut SC taxes, raise state employee and officer pay

Gov. Henry McMaster called on South Carolina lawmakers to raise pay for state employees and law enforcement officers by 2%, all while urging legislators to also cut taxes

6 days, 18 hours ago

Milwaukee County Residents Push Wisconsin Gov To Fire DA Over Waukesha Attack

Milwaukee County residents are pushing Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) to terminate a district attorney after a man released from jail after posting bail killed several people and injured more than 60 others

6 days, 20 hours ago

Gov. Hogan proposes $500 million plan to address crime and 'refund police'

In his legislative announcement news conference, Gov. Larry Hogan said crime prevention will be a top priority.

1 week ago

Georgia governor’s proposals aim to crack down on gang crime

Gov. Brian Kemp will back legislation to create an anti-gang unit in the state attorney general’s office