The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can force online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they don't have a physical presence in the state. Governor Mary Fallin is pleased. "I applaud today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning an earlier ruling that a business had to have a physical presence in a state in order for that state to collect state sales tax on online purchases," she said. "The earlier ruling placed the responsibility of paying the online sales tax on customers who generally did not realize they owed it."
"I again call on Congress to level the field for small businesses and retailers in Oklahoma and across the country by implementing a fair system for online sales tax. We have to help our local communities keep local businesses healthy so that cities and towns can fund core services. I appreciate Amazon and other retailers who already have agreed to collect Oklahoma sales tax on items sold directly through their companies."