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Online shoppers may need deeper pocket for future buys
Supreme Court ruling allows states to put sales tax burden on online-only businesses
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Jeff Oliver prepares a box to be shipped Tuesday, June 25, 2018 for a customer of his online retail business Country Barn Babe. The US Supreme Court last week gave states the ability to require online and out-of-state retailers to collect and send them state sales taxes. The 5-4 decision overturns a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that prevented the practice. - photo by Scott Rogers
Country Barn Babe can fill and ship orders from its Gainesville online-only business with ease, but a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling has the owner simply shaking her head. The Supreme Court ruled last month that online retailers with no “physical presence” are no longer exempt from paying sales taxes.