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Decision ‘levels the playing field’ for small-town merchants

Posted 6/26/18 (Tue)

Decision ‘levels the playing field’ for small-town merchants

By Brad Nygaard

Local sales tax revenues just got a proverbial “shot in the arm,” and retailers, along with economic development officials, are thrilled.

Last week by 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1992 case and by doing so paves the way for states to begin collecting sales tax from online out-of-state retailers.

State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said the decision eliminates an unfair advantage.

“This will go a long way to ensure local businesses are on a level playing field with online retailers,” he said.

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