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What the Wayfair Decision Means for Independent Businesses

What the Wayfair Decision Means for Independent Businesses

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that online purchases could be subject to the same state and local taxes as purchases made at brick-and-mortar stores.

The court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair overturned a prior ruling that prevented states from requiring online and other “remote” sellers to collect their sales tax unless the seller had a physical presence in the state, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

While NRF views the ruling as a positive step toward tax fairness between online sellers and brick-and-mortar retailers, “the court’s failure to provide bright-lined rules leaves many questions unanswered,” the organization reports.

To help provide a comprehensive resource for all retailers, NRF addresses many of the unanswered questions. Read this article and refer to the status of each state’s collection statute that NRF compiled to better understand how the Supreme Court ruling may impact your business.

Some of the major questions NRF addresses about the ruling include:

  • In which states will remote sellers be required to collect tax?
  • When will remote sellers be required to begin collecting tax in each state?
  • Is there an effecient way for sellers to register and collect tax in states where they are required and/or choose to do so?
  • Will remote sellers that sell via a marketplace face different tax collection obligations than sellers that do not sell via a marketplace?
  • Will any states seek retroactive liability for periods prior to the Wayfair decision?
  • Is Congress now likely to enact federal legislation to address this issue?

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon
Renee Changnon is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on industry news and new products, visits retailers and attends industry events. She graduated from Illinois State University, where she earned a degree in Visual Journalism and was the features editor for the school newspaper, The Daily Vidette. After college, Renee worked for Jimmy John’s, where she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at franchise locations across the country. Renee is from Champaign, Illinois, and is new to Indianapolis. She enjoys reading, Netflix marathons and exploring her new city with friends and family.