The contemporary e-commerce trend recommends companies to shift the traditional business model where focus on "standardized products, homogeneous market and long product life cycle" to the new business model where focus on "varied and customized products". E-commerce requires the company to have the ability to satisfy multiple needs of different customers and provide them with wider range of products.
For many years, states argued that they were losing a lot of money by not being able to collect sales tax on Internet sales to customers located in their states. Formerly the burden was on the customer rather than the seller to pay the relevant tax. In that case, the tax generally is called use tax rather than sales tax – and customers often simply did not pay use tax to the state.
In cases where the online retailer does not have to collect sales tax, it is the customer’s responsibility to pay the tax—in which case it is known not as a sales tax but, rather, a use tax. The TCPA states on its use tax FAQ page that one of the most common reasons for a purchaser being subject to use tax is purchasing a taxable item from an out-of-state retailer without paying Texas tax and using the property in Texas. The FAQ page goes on to state that if a purchaser purchases merchandise "through a catalog or the Internet from a seller located outside of Texas and use[s] the taxable item in Texas," then the purchaser owes use tax on the purchase. You can find more formal guidance about the use tax in Rule 3.346 if the Texas Administrative Code.
But South Dakota, as well as a number of other states, asked the high court to overturn Quill, targeting the online home-goods retailer Wayfair and two other large online retailers with millions of dollars of sales to South Dakotans businesses, arguing that the state was missing out on revenue from online transactions, even though the companies have no physical presence in South Dakota. The Court agreed that the large retailers who were targeted by South Dakota were not protected by the Quill physical presence standard, but in overturning precedent the Court may expose millions of that protected small businesses to the from taxing authorities in other states.
“Retailers have been waiting for this day for more than two decades,” National Retail Federation president and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement Thursday. “The retail industry is changing, and the Supreme Court has acted correctly in recognizing that it’s time for outdated sales tax policies to change as well. This ruling clears the way for a fair and level playing field where all retailers compete under the same sales tax rules, whether they sell merchandise online, in-store or both.”
There's a wild card, however: More than half of the units sold on Amazon worldwide last year came from third-party sellers, including many small- and medium-sized merchants. David Fildes, head of Amazon’s investor relations, said in its most recent earnings call in April that Amazon collects taxes on behalf of third-party sellers in Washington and Pennsylvania (per those states' rules). “We're not opposed to collecting sales tax” within a system that’s both “simple and applied evenhandedly,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a recent statement regarding the ruling, Wayfair--which generated nearly $5 billion in sales last year and already collects sales tax in most jurisdictions--insisted the decision would not impact its bottom line: "Wayfair already collects and remits sales tax on approximately 80 percent of our orders in the U.S., a number that continues to grow as we expand our logistics footprint," the CEO said.
You also must have a Texas permit if you live outside the state but are engaged in business here. An out-of-state seller must get a Texas permit and collect Texas tax if the seller has Texas outlets, Texas salespersons, or otherwise comes into Texas to conduct business, such as soliciting sales, performing services, or making deliveries. An out-of-state seller is subject to Texas sales and use tax in the same way as sales made by any other retail business located in Texas.
To be clear, the South Dakota case on tax collection applies only to online retailers with more than $100,000 in annual sales or 200 transactions from the state. It remains to be seen how that threshold may play out with other states and whether most states would place the tax collection burden on third-party marketplace operators like Amazon, eBay or Etsy.
Online marketing can also be crowded and competitive. Although the opportunities to provide goods and services in both local and far-reaching markets is empowering, the competition can be significant. Companies investing in online marketing may find visitors’ attention is difficult to capture due to the number of business also marketing their products and services online. Marketers must develop a balance of building a unique value proposition and brand voice as they test and build marketing campaigns on various channels.
Ultimately, most seem to agree that a sweeping, federal law regarding internet sales tax is necessary to ease the burden on retailers large and small. "This [issue] is crying out for Congressional attention," adds Mittelstadt. And in a statement last month, Etsy CEO Josh Silverman said: "We believe there is now a call to action for Congress to create a simple, fair, federal solution for micro-businesses."
After years of confusion, the internet sales tax issue was sent to the Supreme Court, in a case called S. Dakota v. Wayfair. In June 2018, the Court ruled for the state of South Dakota, saying that online sellers had an unfair advantage and that states have the right to require online sellers to charge and collect sales tax to buyers in their state.
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