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Online Sales Tax by State

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Internet Sales Tax Across the US States

The internet has dramatically reshaped the landscape of commerce, expanding opportunities for businesses and consumers alike while presenting new challenges for taxation. Historically, each US state has had the authority to levy taxes on the sale of goods. However, with the rise of online retail, the question of taxing internet sales has become more pertinent, and states stand divided on this issue. The monumental decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. case by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 shed light on this aspect, granting individual states the freedom to decide whether or not to impose taxes on out-of-state sales by online or remote sellers. Since then, many states have capitalized on this opportunity to harness additional tax revenue to fund various projects. 

Key findings from the data include: 

  • Overall, a majority of US states, approximately 28 out of 51 (including the District of Columbia), have imposed an internet sales tax.
  • Interestingly, some of the most densely populated states such as New York, Florida, and California, known for their robust economies, presently do not levy an internet sales tax.
  • Out of the six states with no state-wide sales tax (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon) - only Alaska levies tax on online sales.
  • Regionally, all states in the Midwest do not have consensus on this issue. For instance, while Indiana and Iowa have chosen to tax internet sales, Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri have decided against it.

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