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NJ merchants 'beyond pleased' with Supreme Court's retail sales tax ruling

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“What this will do is finally level the playing field between bricks-and-mortar and online retailers, who continue to refuse to play by the same rules.” -- John Holub, president of the New Jersey Retail Merchant Association
“What this will do is finally level the playing field between bricks-and-mortar and online retailers, who continue to refuse to play by the same rules.” -- John Holub, president of the New Jersey Retail Merchant Association - ()

States can impose sales tax on online purchases, even on retailers without a brick-and-mortar presence in the state, the Supreme Court decided Thursday.

Retail associations are touting the ruling as a major win for Main Street mom-and-pop retailers, which have been disadvantaged in competing with online retailers who didn’t charge sales tax in certain states.

“We’re beyond pleased with the decision,” said John Holub, president of the New Jersey Retail Merchant Association in Trenton. “What this will do is finally level the playing field between bricks-and-mortar and online retailers, who continue to refuse to play by the same rules.”

“No longer will these online retailers have any kind of competitive advantage when it comes to pricing,” said Holub.

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Albany, N.Y. native Gabrielle Saulsbery is a staff writer for NJBIZ and the newest thing in New Jersey. You can contact her at gsaulsbery@njbiz.com.

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buster June 26, 2018 3:43 pm

True, consumers pay ALL taxes.

Lee June 21, 2018 6:50 pm

They can still beat most brick and mortar retailers because the online guys have THE TECHNOLOGY and the know how that minimizes the overhead costs, creates every kind of efficiency, they can locate in cheaper areas or even better yet, twist some jurisdiction's hands to let them operate tax-free . And some of these mega online stores charge minimal profit e.g. Amazon and the likes.

Gan Schein June 21, 2018 3:50 pm

I think this another delayed decision by the government which would make more sense if it was taken in year 2005.
Most of the mom-and-pop shops has some kind of online presence as of now and again the government decision will hit them back because now they have to worry about collecting sales tax for any order they receive from 13,000 jurisdiction in the US.
The big online retailer like Amazon already collecting and operations in place to collect and handle this complicated sales tax issue.
So this decision will hit the small online businesses which most of them also do own mom-and-pop shops we called it.
Great job government continue killing small businesses.

Michael Falcone June 21, 2018 3:52 pm

The Retail Merchants may think they are leveling the playing field but as USUAL it is at the CONSUMERS expense

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