Supreme Court will hear online tax case


"After six years in litigation, we welcome swift action from the highest court in the land", said state Rep.

State courts predictably struck down the law, citing the Supreme Court's precedent. That now may happen.

The National Sporting Goods Association and the National Retail Federation - along with the attorneys general from 35 states and the District of Columbia - had supported South Dakota's efforts to overturn a key ruling that exempts online retailers from collecting state sales taxes. That put catalog sales off-limits.

They urged the Supreme Court to stay out of the fight while Congress is considering what to do. Congress, too, had often been asked to provide help, but it only studied the question.

They noted that Amazon, the nation's largest online retailer, now collects sales taxes for purchases made in every state, even though it has a physical presence in only a few. North Dakota, centered on a mail-order business and inadvertently set a far-reaching precedent for e-commerce companies by only allowing states to collect sales tax from businesses with a "physical presence" in a given state.

Sales taxes are a crucial source of revenue in the 45 states that collect them.

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The Supreme Court has ruled on multiple occasions that race can not be a major factor in the way lines are drawn, but it has yet to set a standard for how much politics is too much.

Farm groups and some Western states joined Ferguson in asking the Supreme Court to take on the case.

Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice, an association of online businesses and consumers, said the justices "will learn how new state laws are imposing unreasonable tax burdens on out-of-state businesses".

"The Court's review of this petition is an important milestone in the long-running Online Sales Tax debate".

Heitkamp said she looks forward to attending the arguments, which will likely take place in April.

Three current justices - Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Anthony Kennedy - have expressed doubts about the Quill ruling.

The case is South Dakota v. Wayfair.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear Washington's appeal of a federal court order to replace hundreds of fish-blocking culverts and decide whether 19th century treaties guaranteed Puget Sound tribes enough fish for a "moderate living".

Gorsuch, the newest Supreme Court justice, suggested skepticism about Quill as an appeals court judge.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who has steadfastly defended the way the GOP-run Legislature drew the lines for state House and congressional districts, expressed confidence that the justices will rule in the state's favor.