BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - The Supreme Court is hearing a long sought bid that will allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the bid, states will generate billions of extra dollars annually.
While the internet has been largely treated as a tax free zone, some lawmakers believe it would benefit our states local business and economy.
West Virginia House Delegate, Tim Miley, spoke with us over the phone.
He told us that local stores are being hurt by online sales and in order to make a more even playing field for local businesses, a sales tax must be implemented on businesses that do not have a physical presence in the state.
On the other hand, many see this move as unconstitutional for states to collect a tax. Republican Delegate, Guy Ward, believes it would be unconstitutional for states to collect that tax due to previous interstate commerce laws. He believes a ruling in favor of the bid would be crossing a line.
While many experts believe that internet sales tax is likely, the state to see the sales tax implemented first would be South Dakota, as they were the ones to originally challenge the ruling.