• Ill. Supreme Court invalidates “Amazon Tax” of online sales

    by  • October 18, 2013 • News

    The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain internet sales. IL supreme court

    The justices ruled 6-1 in an opinion released Friday to invalidate the so-called “Amazon Tax.”

    The ruling determined that the law violates a pre-emptive federal decree prohibiting “discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.”

    Lawmakers created the internet tax in 2011 on out-of-state electronic retailers. The law claimed those merchants maintained a presence in the state through a website link.

    In other words, if a blogger referred customers to a company by encouraging clicking on a site-based advertisement, that was “presence” in Illinois. That obligated the seller to collect sales tax.

    Justice Lloyd Karmeier dissented, saying the law doesn’t impose any new taxes.