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US Sales and Use Tax Update: South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

Online Tax Strategies, July 2018−What South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Means For Your Business’ US Sales

The Supreme Court of the United States has just made a landmark ruling that will reshape Sales and Use Tax compliance for Canadian businesses selling into the United States.

Before South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

Previously, states could not impose sales and use tax registration or collection obligations on a business if the business had no physical presence in the state (for example: a place of business, inventory, equipment, sales staff, independent agents, contractors, technicians). States could provide for a minimum threshold of sales for registering; however, they could not force a business to register based solely on a business’ volume of sales if they did not have any physical presence.

These precedents were established long before the rise to prominence of internet sales, when the closest equivalent was catalogue sales (see National Bellas Hess v. Department of Revenue, 386 U.S. 753 (1967), Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992)) However, recently states have grown increasingly frustrated with the loss of tax revenue and have been challenging these precedents on the basis that they are outdated and were formulated at a time that does not square adequately with today’s economic reality.

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