I have included a couple of interesting articles on state taxes for eCommerce companies. If I were to guess based on these articles, I would venture to say it is a matter of time before states try to get their fingers on all items sold to their citizens. Colorado is surely trying to do that as this article portrays.
As seen in the Amazon article, Amazon will start collecting taxes in Utah because the state says they lost $200 million dollars in eCommerce purchases. Utah is now one of 25 states that has an agreement with Amazon.
'Whether online retailers are eventually charged with collecting and remitting sales tax or consumers are held more accountable for paying use tax on their online purchases, this case would appear to mark a turning point in the internet sales tax battle.'
It'll be interesting to see what happens with the Supreme Court decision on collecting taxes. As this article by Ginny Marvin shows, it is a changing industry and will change how eCommerce works for smaller retailers making it harder to compete with the bigger players.
Hunter Hartman is a shipping consultant in the eCommerce world. He blogs about the changing landscape of shipping.