Alexander: Supreme Court Decision is Good News for Main Street Businesses and for States

Posted on June 21, 2018

Washington, June 21, 2018 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 26-year-old Quill decision that prevented states from enforcing their own state sales and use tax laws: 

“The Court’s decision is good news for Main Street business and for states. It correctly leaves to states decisions about who should pay state sales and use taxes and how they should be collected. It stops the federal government from forcing states to prefer out-of-state businesses over Main Street. There still may be a need for Congress to act to adopt the simplified collection of sales tax procedures in the Marketplace Fairness Act that 69 United States senators voted for in 2013.”

Alexander, along with U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo.), Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), and Heidi Heitkamp, (D-N.D.), is a sponsor of the Marketplace Fairness Act to give states the right to collect the sales and use taxes they are owed under current law from out-of-state businesses or online retailers.

Today, in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., the court overturned the 26-year-old Quill decision which has prevented states from collecting these taxes on purchases from remote businesses so the tax is often not paid.