The Supreme Court just caused stocks of online retailers to tumble

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Online sellers that haven't been charging sales tax on goods shipped to every state range from jewelry website Blue Nile to pet products site Chewy.com to clothing retailer L.L. Bean.

Hearst told 22News major online retailers like Amazon do collect a sales tax, but most of their sales are from third party sellers.

Online shoppers could find costs going up after the Supreme Court did away Thursday with a decades-old precedent limiting the ability of states to collect sales tax on certain out-of-state Internet purchases.

The Supreme Court justices ruled 5-4 that states could collect sales tax from internet sales. The court found the standard doesn't jibe with current-day online retailing. Residents are now obligated to pay a use tax on out-of-state online purchases. The department will be analyzing the court's decision but was "pleased" with the ruling, according to a statement.

"The physical presence rule has always been criticized as giving out-of-state sellers an advantage", the ruling says.

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E-commerce now makes up about 10 percent of US retail sales, according to the Commerce Department. "However, it's premature to expect large windfalls from this decision".

States may require online retailers to collect sales taxes, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. This was due to 50 years' worth of legal rulings which prevented states from charging sales tax on purchases made from out-of-state retailers. But most of Amazon's purchases are from millions of independent merchants who post inventory on the web store, and many of those sales now aren't taxed. Amazon has long lobbied for a federal law that streamlines online sales tax collection nationwide, but none has ever gained traction.

In the majority decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that the realities of consumer habits have changed drastically since the 1992 decision. Chief Justice John Roberts joined Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in the dissent. On Twitter, President Donald Trump called the decision a "Big victory for fairness and for our country". Amazon began collecting sales taxes on purchases in every state past year, though it does not collect sales taxes on purchases made through third-party vendors. The law makes an exception for companies with less than $100,000 in annual sales or 200 transactions in the state, seeking to help smaller retailers compete with big e-commerce incumbents.

On June 4, the last day of the special second session, Louisiana legislators rushed through a bill that used the same wording as a South Dakota law that was the subject to the constitutional challenge in the high court.

"This is a great day for South Dakota". The ruling explicitly exempts smaller businesses along with all but the most successful of individual sellers using, say, eBay or other online sales channels. Marketplace sellers weren't previously required to automatically collect sales tax on their sales, and the ruling may hurt their sales.

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