Tax-free shopping is under threat for many online shoppers as blue states like California, Illinois, New York, Arkansas, Rhode Island, Vermont, Colorado, Texas, and North Carolina lead the charge to force Internet retailers to start collecting sales taxes from their residents.
But how to do it without violating a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits a state from forcing businesses to collect sales taxes unless the business has a physical presence, such as a store, in that state. Taxes are like the golden honey syrup to a Democrat, and these states have crafty honey stealing bears ready to pretend that an "affiliate", "shipping center", or even an "advertiser" qualifies as a physical presence.
The day of avoiding tax in an online purchase may soon be coming to an end - and with it, an end to the modern virtual store front.
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