NASHUA – California and Massachusetts are just two of the 46 states for which some New Hampshire businesses will have to collect sales taxes after a summer U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both D-N.H., said some of these internet sales taxes imposed by other states are set to take effect as early as Jan. 1. The taxes are permitted because of the high court’s ruling in the South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. case.
Shaheen and Hassan are joining U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both D-Oregon, in asking for a ban on retroactive sales tax collection and a moratorium on the action until Congress passes measures to protect small businesses. They sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., urging action against the taxes.
“While the court’s decision pointed to South Dakota’s lack of retroactivity, there is no guarantee that states will not take action against defenseless out-of-state small businesses. We believe a statutory ban on retroactive state sales tax collection is necessary to ensure that small businesses are not punished by cash-strapped states they have no relation to,” the letter states in part.
by Casey Junkins
November 30, 2018