- Lena R. Liberman
- On June 22, 2018
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- Amazon Prime, counterfeits/fakes, e-commerce, news, sales tax, Whole Foods/grocery
This Week’s Need-to-Know: SCotUS Rules on Online Sales Tax Collection
The big Amazon news story this week is the U.S. Supreme Court handing down its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair (AKA “the Internet sales tax case”). You can read the full decision, including dissenting opinions, here. Or you can opt not to wade through 40 pages of legal writing, and instead, read the following:
- Online Retailers Can Be Forced to Collect Tax, High Court Rules
- Supreme Court Ruling Means States Can Tax Amazon Marketplace
- Why the Supreme Court Sales Tax Ruling May Benefit Amazon
- Why Amazon’s Retail Dominance Won’t Be Disrupted by the Supreme Court’s Big Tax Ruling
- What the Landmark Supreme Court Decision on e-Commerce Tax Means for Retail
What Do You Need to Know in the Now?
While SCotUS has ruled, it will take some time for the decision to become settled law and common practice. It’s still early to speculate as to how and when the practice of marketplaces collecting online sales tax will roll out and how it will look. Right now, the country is a frayed patchwork quilt of laws regarding online sales tax. “Contrary to claims that physical presence is the status quo standard, 31 of the 45 states with a sales tax have already expanded their state tax collection authority to sellers with no physical presence in the state,” writes Joseph Bishop-Henchman for the Tax Foundation.
So What Should You Do (or Not Do)?
According to Scott Peterson, vice president of tax policy at Seattle-based Avalara Inc., “Everyone should take a moment and take a breath. It’s going to be a while before there’s any real direction” (H/T Spencer Soper at Bloomberg for that quote). Or, in other words, “Prime Video and chill.”
Amazon Prime Day
This is another big story . . . sort of . . . maybe? We thought Amazon had finally revealed the date for Prime Day 2018. Hence articles such as Amazon Prime Day 2018 Date Leaked—36 Hours of Deals Start Midday on July 16th. And then today we got this, Amazon Reportedly Disclosed Prime Day by Accident, which not only suggests that the reveal was unintentional but also that the date for Amazon Prime Day 2018 may not even be as leaked. Regardless, you should be well into prepping for Prime Day, even if you don’t have a PD deal on. Check out How to Take Advantage of Prime Day When You Don’t Have a Deal for ideas and best practices.
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