SD Supreme Court To Hear Online Vendor Tax Case The State Concedes It Will Lose

Aug 28, 2017

Former Rep. Roger Hunt
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The state legislature in 2016 passed a law requiring out-of-state vendors to collect sales taxes from their South Dakota customers. The law is particularly aimed at online sellers. Legislators acknowledged that the law is unconstitutional, and that they instigated it to try to get the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before the highest court considers hearing it, however, the law and its aftermath have to face scrutiny from the South Dakota Supreme Court. That happens Tuesday, Aug. 27, when justices hear oral arguments from both sides.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks looks into the history of Senate Bill 106 and the arguments laid out in briefs ahead of Tuesday's state Supreme Court session.

State Senator Deb Peters
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