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The ruling is likely to lead other states to try to collect sales tax on purchases from out-of-state online businesses more aggressively. It also likely will lead to many consumers paying more at the online checkout. Forty-five of the 50 states impose sales taxes.
Most states would need to pass legislation before seeking to collect the additional taxes, although some have already enacted laws or regulations similar to South Dakota's.
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The user is supposed to pay the taxes voluntarily.Exactly! Now the merchants have role of tax collector forced upon them (without any additional compensation).
Where the PROBLEM exists is in the reporting and payment side and that's not onerous, just more than one has been doing. Mail the check.Um, instead of "not" I think you meant to type "extremely." Just in California, we have 58 counties, which can (and most do) impose higher tax rates than the state rate. Cities within those counties can impose their own additional tax rates, in addition to their county's higher rate. And many of them change frequently- CA updates it extremely onerous tax tables quarterly. There is no "one check"- you may be able to send 1 check to CA, with a tax return that breaks down the sales by taxing region, but that's just 1 state. New York is almost as onerous.
[edited by: LifeinAsia at 4:46 pm (utc) on Jun 28, 2018]
Every now and again somebody suggests local taxes in the UKNever local consumption taxes though, which is what US Sales tax is. The equivalent of VAT. Variations on VAT is illegal under EU law, anyway.