RB Chimney & Hearth

eNews Subscribe to eNews

Retailers Encouraged by Supreme Court’s Decision to Revisit ‘Antiquated’ Online Sales Tax Ruling

Friday, January 12, 2018

The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to take up a South Dakota case on whether online sellers can be required to collect sales tax the same as local stores but also urged Congress to address the issue through federal legislation.

“Retail is a dynamic industry that’s rapidly transforming,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Unfortunately, antiquated sales tax collection rules have resulted in an uneven playing field that’s making it harder for Main Street retailers to compete in today’s digital economy. This is a basic question about fairness, which all of our members deserve whether they’re selling in stores or online.”

“The fact that the Supreme Court has decided to reconsider its outdated ruling is encouraging, and we are hopeful it will lead to a positive outcome that reflects the realities of 21st century commerce,” Shay said. “Congress should not sit on the sidelines as the Supreme Court considers this case. It’s time to pass legislation to settle this critical issue once and for all. Even if the court rules in favor of a modern sales tax policy, legislation will still be needed to spell out how that would work.”

In November, NRF filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to take up an appeal brought by the state of South Dakota, saying the 1992 Quill Corp. v. North Dakota decision is outdated. In Quill, the court said sales tax laws across the country were too complicated for retailers to know how much tax to collect unless they were physically present in the customer’s state. NRF argued in November’s brief that computer software has made that concern obsolete today.

In addition to the case before the Supreme Court, NRF is continuing to support the Remote Transactions Parity Act, which would allow states to require out-of-state sellers to collect sales tax. Even if the Supreme Court were to allow that, NRF believes federal legislation is necessary to resolve details on how collection would take place rather than leaving it to each of the states to interpret the court’s ruling.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

NRF.com

More eNews

How Young Adults Live: 1967 and 2017

Friday, January 19, 2018

The living arrangements of 25-to-34-year-olds have changed dramatically over the past 50 years, according to Census Bureau statistics. In 1967, more than 80% of 25-to-34-year-olds lived with a spouse. In 2017, no single living arrangement accounts for...

» Continue

Remodeling Market to March Higher in 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

The coming year is expected to be another robust one for residential renovations and repairs with growth accelerating as the year progresses, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program...

» Continue

Toll Brothers and the Rise of “Affordable Luxury”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

At the end of my recent conversation about the luxury condo market with David Von Spreckelsen, who founded Toll Brothers City Living (TBCL) nearly 15 years ago, he pitched me the company’s newest development, 91 Leonard, in New York City’s...

» Continue