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Buying Online? ‘Wayfair’ Tax Is Straining E-Commerce (Podcast)

June 21, 2019, 8:46 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 South Dakota v. Wayfair decision upended a 26-year precedent that limited a state’s authority to tax goods being sold across state lines. A year later, states have amended their laws to target remote sellers and online sales platforms like Amazon.com Inc.

Bloomberg Tax reporter Ryan Prete spoke with Diane Yetter, founder of the Sales Tax Institute and president of consulting firm Yetter Tax, to discuss the ruling’s legacy so far and possible future legal issues. She said legal challenges could begin with differing interpretations of the laws, and go as far as class-action lawsuits against sellers for not collecting the taxes appropriately.

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To contact the reporters on this story: Siri Bulusu in Washington at sbulusu@bloombergtax.com; Ryan Prete in Washington at rprete@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kathy Larsen at klarsen@bloombergtax.com; Megan Pannone at mpannone@bloombergtax.com

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