“Today was an historic and important day for our industry. The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of overturning the outdated standard set in of the 1992 Quill decision that prevented states from collecting sales tax for online purchases. The decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair was 5-4, and signaled that the justices recognized the need to bring the law into the 21st century. This is a critical step in leveling the playing field between brick-and-mortar retailers and online-only sellers. ICSC has been actively engaged in this issue for more than a decade, aggressively advocating for sales tax fairness on our members’ behalf. More recently, we led the real estate amicus brief in support of the tax law passed by the State of South Dakota. The victory means that state’s rights have been restored and they will now be allowed to implement sensible laws to collect the sales tax they depend on. The next step is for state and federal lawmakers to create formal tax policy that supports fairness and ICSC will continue to be actively involved on this front. We are pleased with the court’s ruling and knowing that the free market principles that are central to America’s economic system can once again be applied fairly to retailers across the country.”Posted by
Brick and Mortar Retailers Victorious in SCOTUS decision
The President and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Tom McGee, just issued the following about the United States Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, and how this decision will help traditional retailers who, until now, were unfairly forced to compete against online retailers who were not required to collect sales taxes on purchases.