E-retailers ask, 'now what?'

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week in South Dakota v. Wayfair will have a major impact on many online retailers. Money-starved states are gearing up to require online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by residents—a skill only about one-third of the largest online retailers have in place for all 45 states where there is a sales tax, according to exclusive Internet Retailer research.

Here we’ve collected our news coverage, research and associated resources on the online sales tax issue.

The Decision

South Dakota v. Wayfair: The Supreme Court says states can force online retailers to collect sales tax

The Backstory (On-demand webinar–registration required)

An accomplished tax attorney explains how we got here

The Reaction

Now What? E-retailers react to the Supreme Court’s sales tax decision with confusion and frustration


Overstock urges Congress to act


Suddenly busy sales tax software vendors offer advice

The Revenue

16 states may tax as much as $72 billion in revenue from Top 1000 retailers (Login required to view)



What the Supreme Court sales tax ruling means for B2B sellers


‘Free from costly sales tax collection, my online startup grew’

The Next Steps

Are states prepared to collect?

Retailers testify in Congress on the fallout of the Supreme Court decision

The Wayfair ruling, evolving sales tax laws and ‘sleeper’ states

New Action in Congress

A new bill would limit states’ online sales tax bills

A new online sales tax bill would create a $10 million small business exemption

States begin collecting

Seven states’ online sales tax laws take effect on Jan. 1

California sets its online sales tax enforcement date

24 states will have online sales tax laws in effect as of Dec. 1

Four more states’ online sales tax laws go into effect on Nov. 1