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Although consumers have in theory always been liable for paying sales tax to their state and municipality for online orders, the reality is very different.

While the ruling opens the door for states to collect taxes from online businesses, there're some significant outstanding questions now that the court has made its decision.

"It's going to be very hard for New Hampshire-based businesses to comply with this", she said. The conservative chief justice, John Roberts dissented along with liberals Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

"Correctly calculating and remitting sales taxes on all e-commerce sales will likely prove baffling for many retailers". After a four-year stalemate with the Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, Amazon agreed in 2012 to start collecting sales taxes from its customers in Texas.

"The burden will fall disproportionately on small businesses", he wrote. Major online retailers such as Wayfair, Overstock, eBay, Shopify and Etsy, opposed the law change. Amazon stock is down over 1.2%.

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For years, brick-and-mortar chains have complained of an uneven battlefield in the e-commerce wars, saying they had to charge and collect sales taxes everywhere while e-commerce rivals did not, except in states where they had a physical presence such as a distribution center or a store. The state conceded in court, however, that it could only win by persuading the Supreme Court to do away with its physical presence rule. This gave them an advantage over brick-and-mortar stores.

The retail industry hailed the decision.

Three identical bills were filed during the special session to match Louisiana's law with South Dakota's in case the U.S. Supreme Court allows... The law could yet face legal challenges on other grounds, Kennedy noted. Forty-five of the 50 states impose sales taxes. First, the Act applies a safe harbor to those who transact only limited business in South Dakota. North Dakota - was "flawed on its own terms" and was especially problematic due to the rise of internet retail.

While this ruling is beneficial to state governments, it stands to have a negative impact on retailers and consumers alike.

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