States Set to Gain Billions in Sales Taxes After Court Ruling

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U.S. states could reap billions in online sales tax revenue and buttress their budgets after the nation’s top court ruled on Thursday that e-commerce companies could be forced to collect the money, even if they have no physical presence in a state.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of South Dakota and against Wayfair Inc. and two other online retailers was a victory for state governments, and a boost for brick-and-mortar stores.

The effect is expected to be positive and widespread because 45 states impose sales taxes and until now were barred from requiring those companies to collect remote sales taxes. …

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