Two Views: internet commerce
With Congress back for its lame duck session, there’s an issue that has been lingering for more than 20 years that needs to finally be resolved — requiring online merchants to collect sales tax the same as local stores.
It was 1992 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that online sellers could only be required to collect sales tax in states where they had a physical presence such as their headquarters, a store, warehouse or office.
The court said sales tax laws and regulations across the country were too complex for a seller to know what tax to collect otherwise.
At the time, the ruling hardly mattered.