Supreme Court hears arguments on collection of sales tax for online purchases

Massachusetts

 Shopping online is easy, and convenient. 

You can buy an item with the click of your mouse. It’s very convenient for people who live in rural Franklin County. 

“It’s easy, especially if you don’t live near shops where they don’t sell things that you want,” said Heather Damon of Shelburne Falls. “It’s definitely easier to shop online.” 

The Supreme Court is considering overturning a decision, which ruled that online companies only had to collect sales tax in states where they have a physical presence.

When you purchase a product from a major online retailer like Amazon, you usually are charged a sales tax, but if you buy it from a third party seller, you may not have to pay this extra amount. This would change if the Supreme Court overturns their 1992 decision. 

Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls said an online sales tax would help even the playing field.

“Its a matter of fairness they ought to collect the tax on Amazon and other online retailers. and the state could use the money,” said Ken Eisenstein, Co-Owner of Boswell’s Books. 

Massachusetts is among 45 states that impose a sales tax for online purchases. The Supreme Court is expected to issue their decision on the internet sales tax case in June. 

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