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.