Eau Claire Chamber reacts to Supreme Court’s sales tax ruling

(WQOW)- The Supreme Court said states will now force online shoppers to pay sales tax, regardless of where the store they buy from is located. 

The decision overrules a 1992 Supreme Court precedent, and means consumers will be paying more for their online purchases. 

Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce President & CEO David Minor told News 18 this is something local brick and mortar store will like, and think is fair, even though it will mean more work for them.

"Smaller businesses who’ve tried, who are thinking about it, they may have to take a look at it and say again is each state the same? Am I setting up 50-some plus different accounts? That’s where the difficulty in this is. So, definitely the smaller business is going to have a lot more work on their hands versus somebody like an Amazon whose got corporate offices and thousands of people dealing with that one issue," Minor said.

Minor said smaller businesses may look at how much work is involved, and if they’re selling enough to make it worth it. 

He said this ruling will take businesses several weeks to comprehend. 

The general accountability office said that last year, states missed out on more than $13 billion in additional tax income from online sales.

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