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Retailer Sues Louisiana for ‘Unconstitutional’ Sales Tax System

Nov. 15, 2021, 9:59 PM

An online retailer sued Louisiana for maintaining an “arbitrary and fragmented” sales tax system that places unconstitutional burdens on interstate commerce, only days after state voters rejected formation of a centralized tax collection agency,

Arizona-based Halstead Bead Inc., a seller of craft jewelry supplies, filed suit Monday in federal court alleging the Louisiana Constitution permits each of the state’s 64 parishes to collect sales and use taxes and establish their own rates, definitions, and enforcement protocols. This decentralized system, unique among the 45 states that have sales taxes, is a “compliance nightmare” and violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. ...