On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court began hearings to address what some are calling one of the most antiquated laws on the books. The state sales tax law has forced brick-and-mortar stores to collect sales tax from customers, while allowing online stores a free pass. Much of the controversy around the law has centered on those who mistake the law as a “new tax.”
Many owners of brick-and-mortar retail have argued for more than a decade that the law should be enforced equally for all businesses operating a retail store, whether online or otherwise.
Curtis Riskey, president of Christian Booksellers Association, agrees that the antiquated sales tax law has had a damaging effect on retail stores.
“The inequality of the current sales tax law has given online companies a distinct advantage over brick-and-mortar stores. The stores in our industry offer extraordinary value to their customers and deserve to be treated fairly under the law,” Riskey says.
The Streamline Sales and Use Tax Agency (SSUTA) is an organization already in place to support interstate tax collection.
As the industry pays close attention to the Supreme Court’s decision, Riskey believes that the ruling is long overdue. “Christian retail is primed for a major turnaround. And leveling the playing field for all retailers is an important part of that, “ says Riskey.