LifeinAsia - 3:41 pm on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
They do indeed have a right to make a merchant collect sales tax if the merchant is selling in their state.
Completely disagree. If a merchant does not have a physical presence in the state, the merchant is not required to collect sales tax.
If this is going to apply to Internet companies, it should equally apply to all B&M stores as well. Every gift kiosk in Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Orlando, and every other tourist area (not to mention EVERY area that has ever had a visitor from North Carolina) should have to supply the same data to the NC DoR. Which obviously ain't gonna happen.
I can see the DoR trying to go after Visa/MC, AMEX, and Discover next to subpoena their records for all residents of NC.