Supreme Court rules for states in online sales tax case


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

The 5-4 ruling today is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that impacted online sales tax collection.

The high court ruled to overturn those decisions. They had resulted in some companies not collecting sales tax on every online purchase.

The cases the court overturned said if a business was shipping a product to a state where it didn't have a physical presence such as a warehouse or office, it didn't have to collect the state's sales tax.

Customers were generally supposed to pay the tax to the state themselves if they don't get charged it, but the vast majority didn't.

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