Today the Supreme Court, in its South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. ruling, led the way for states to more simply begin collecting sales tax from retailers that may not have physical presence in the state of Utah.
Because these taxes are already due through the state income tax return filing on the use tax line, the Association does not find this decision to be a tax increase for Utahns. Rather, this will assist Utahns to more easily comply with a longstanding state law.
Utah has already made the policy that some of the incoming sales tax revenue, should the Legislature choose to accommodate the Supreme Court’s decision, be used to reduce the sales tax burden for both individuals and businesses.
“We applaud the decision made by the Supreme Court today. For too long. out of state retailers have had the upper hand over our local, in-state stores. This ruling now levels the playing field and allows the market to pick the winners and not an antiquated tax law,” said Billy Hesterman, vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association. “We look forward to working with the legislature in the near future to see that Utah uses the new revenue from this tax change to lower tax burdens across the state for Utah’s families and businesses.”