SCOTUS declines to arbitrate web retailer tax collection debate

Supreme Court has decided not to hear challenges from web retailers forced to collect state tax

Cyber-Monday 2013 has come and gone, but one thing that will be sticking around is the practice of collecting state taxes on the goods purchased online during it. On Monday, Dec, 2 the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene on the decade-old argument of whether or not states can force online retailers to collect state sales tax for items purchased online.

The challenge to this law was brought to the SCOTUS by Amazon and in 2008, and they hoped to eliminate a New York State law that allowed for the collection of state taxes for goods shipped to that state. New York was among the first states to implement laws that required online vendors to collect taxes and the motion to do so was upheld by its highest state court.

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Chris DiMarco

Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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