California – Back Taxes For Online Sales?

The tax landscape for online sales just got more confusing — again.

Despite signing on to a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief stating otherwise, California is now retroactively seeking sales tax from out-of-state online merchants, going back as far as 2012. The move is seen as a bellwether, as other states are watching to see how California fares.

To further complicate matters, while the states did sign an amicus brief, the Supreme Court’s Wayfair ruling didn’t say, explicitly, that states could not impose a retroactive tax collection for online sales. 

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by roger russell
november 19, 2019