And the court didn't say whether states could retroactively seek sales taxes. Wayfair Inc., an online retailer of home goods and furniture that challenged the South Dakota law, had more than $4.7 billion in net revenue in 2017, according to the opinion. "Great victory for consumers and retailers". But that money is likely to come out of the pockets of consumers. All three companies sold online merchandise in the state, but did not have a physical location or employees there, and were exempted from collecting sales tax from their South Dakota customers.
The world's largest online retailer already takes in sales taxes in all states that charge them on transactions involving its own inventory.
Only five states do not have a state-wide sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon.
Today's ruling caused publicly traded e-commerce companies share prices to tumble, with Shopify, Etsy, Amazon, eBay, Alibaba all recording losses in midday trading on their respective USA exchanges. Newly-public sales tax automation company Avalara saw its shares spike 30 percent immediately following the ruling. "This ruling clears the way for a fair and level playing field where all retailers compete under the same sales tax rules whether they sell merchandise online, in-store or both", National Retail Federation CEO Matt Shay said in a statement.
Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch delivered the opinion while John Roberts, Stephen Breyer, Sonja Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissented.
"Rejecting the physical presence rule is necessary to ensure that artificial competitive advantages are not created by this court's precedents", Kennedy said.
Davids said if he is back next session as House tax leader - state House representatives are up for election in November - he will try to lower taxes so overall there is no tax increase.
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The case is South Dakota v. Wayfair, 17-494.
Dominic Calabro, president of Florida TaxWatch, a business-oriented advocacy group, said the ability to apply the sales tax to more internet sales will keep the state's tax structure in sync with the evolving economy.
"Any adjustment of those rules with the potential to disrupt the development of such a critical segment of the economy should be undertaken by Congress", Roberts added.
The Minnesota Revenue Department said its staff is "analyzing the court's decision" and will provide guidance to retailers within 30 days. "That should be a message to the states", Heitkamp told Reuters.
Smaller sellers who use eBay and Etsy also haven't been collecting sales tax nationwide. "If there is a seven or nearly eight percent difference in price in a product at "XYZ" store, or "ABC" online, that does make a difference". Target Corp closed up 1 percent and Walmart Inc was up 0.7 percent.
"To some extent, the marketplace already addressed this problem", Reames added.
He said the ruling was "good news, but it's not a windfall".
In addition to being a win for states, the ruling is a win for large and small retailers, who argued the physical presence rule was unfair.