36 Attorneys General Support South Dakota in Sales Tax Case
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Thirty-six attorneys general have signed onto a legal brief in support of South Dakota's bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers.
South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence. The case could have national implications for e-commerce.
State Attorney General Marty Jackley said Thursday that Colorado filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting South Dakota's petition to the high court. The state is seeking to overturn legal rulings issued mostly before the online shopping boom.
The brief from 35 states — including neighboring Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming — and the District of Columbia says the jurisdictions all rely on consumption taxes to fund essential government operations.
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