In recent years, states have been trying to find loop holes in that decision in efforts to gain funds from successful online retailers such as Amazon.com and Overstock.com
Earlier this year, Cnet reported that 16 states were enforcing or thinking about enforcing sales taxes for online retailers. The NY Court of Appeals decision on Thursday, November 4th, is a victory for online retailers that could possibly settle the debate over internet taxes.
In the past decade, states have tried to justify their tax collecting laws by claiming that online retailers such as Amazon and Overstock unreasonably deprive the states of funds and make it unfair for competing local retailers that must collect taxes.
Both online shoppers who pay sales taxes and those who don't will be anxiously awaiting the decisions to come that may decide once in for all what role taxes should play in online shopping.
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