Walmart.com has only about $140,000 directly at stake in a tax fight with a Louisiana parish. But the company’s court challenge to that amount may have ramifications for other online marketplace providers and for Walmart’s operations elsewhere in the state and nationwide.
The case has to do with Walmart.com’s role as facilitator of third-party sales. Jefferson Parish, which is allowed under Louisiana law to administer and collect its own separate sales taxes, says the company shirked its tax obligations for years on those sales through its online marketplace.
Walmart.com and its supporters say the issue should be a matter for the Louisiana Legislature, not the courts.
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september 3, 2019