PIERRE, S.D.(DRGNews & KJJQ)- This week marks the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. That case cleared the way for the state to collect sales taxes on mail order purchases.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says it remains a major victory for small business. He represented South Dakota before the Supreme Court and argued the State was losing large amounts of sales tax revenue because of Congressional inaction.
District 7 State Senator Tim Reed of Brookings became a member of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board in 2017. He serves as their President this year. Reed says the ruling has been vital for states and cities.
Reed says it meant the state didn’t have to look at other forms of taxation.
The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board currently has 23 states as members. Reed says their goal is to simplify things for businesses.
He says they hope to add more states to the board.
Jackley credits support from then-Governor Dennis Daugaard, legislators, the South Dakota Retailers Association, education leaders and others for helping to move the Wayfair case forward.
The court’s ruling can be found here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-494_j4el.pdf.