Pennsylvania – State Sees Online Sales Taxes Soar After Court Ruling


HARRISBURG, PA.

Pennsylvania is getting an unexpected windfall as internet sales tax revenues are coming in at a rate of nearly four times what had been projected for the current fiscal year.

The state estimated about $50 million from the tax on online transactions, but it’s now looking more like $200 million will actually be collected, according to Pennsylvania’s Department of Revenue.

Two years ago, the state gave businesses that use online marketplaces to sell their goods the option of paying the sales taxes or passing it on to their customers.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision last June cemented the state law, requiring businesses that don’t have a physical presence in the state to pay online sales taxes.

That ruling was considered a win for large retailers with a presence in many states, as they generally were collecting sales taxes on online purchases before the decision.


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april 30, 2019