Steve Flowers: Supreme Court rules states can collect online sales tax

The State of Alabama’s fiscal year begins next week on Oct. 1. Our state’s finances are not the best in the world. However, they got a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year when the high tribunal ruled that states can collect sales tax on internet sales.
This was one of the most inequitable scenarios I have ever seen. If you went to the corner hardware store or Lowe’s or Walmart to buy a hammer and paint, you paid sales tax. However, if you bought these same items online, you did not. That is not fair to the store or the state.
What is even more unfair is if your wife went down to the local dress shop and tried on an expensive dress she liked and then came home and bought it online. How fair is that to the store, the clerk at the store or the state.


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