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What the landmark Supreme Court decision on e-commerce tax means for retail

June 22, 2018

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After decades of fights on Capitol Hill and in states across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court in a narrow 5-4 decision on Thursday struck down two long-standing precedents in the e-commerce state sales tax debate, clearing the way for states to require e-tailers to collect and remit state sales tax. But there’s one more hurdle to jump before South Dakota’s law could become a model for other states.

Without precedent in place (Quill Corp. v. North Dakota and National Bellas Hess Inc. v. Department of Revenue of Ill.), the 2016 law establishing an economic standard, as opposed to a physical presence one, will now head back to the South Dakota courts for an official decision after the justices issued a remand.

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