Americans are used to hearing the refrain “we pay the sales tax” in today’s advertising campaigns, but in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair (June 2018), the phrase “you pay the sales tax,” may be what many small business sellers will hear instead in future audits of their business operations. Here is what ecommerce businesses need to know moving forward.
Ecommerce home furnishings giant Wayfair increased its fourth quarter sales 40.6% to $1.99 billion, but saw its Q4 net loss balloon to $143.8 million, nearly doubling the $72.8 million loss from the same period in 2017. The company accentuated the positive, emphasizing its holiday season and flash sale performance to analysts.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are bonanzas for online sellers. But there could be a downside this year thanks to the Supreme Court’s South Dakota vs. Wayfair decision, which says states can charge online retailers’ sales tax, regardless of the company’s physical location. Here are 4 things to keep on top of heading into the holidays.
To find an optimal balance between online and in-store shopping, forward-thinking retailers are reevaluating the concept of brick-and-mortar and reinventing the customer experience. This has led to a broader view of how to get the most value from physical spaces. Learn about the latest ways physical and digital are converging.
As of Oct. 1, 10 states added a requirement for remote sellers to begin collecting tax online sales tax in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark Wayfair ruling in June, and many merchants are finding it difficult to comply. See what an advocacy group is doing, when states are enacting laws and what litigation is pending.
It’s been almost a month since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Wayfair decision, and ecommerce sellers are still wondering what comes next. Matthew Schaefer of Brann and Isaacson, whose firm represented Wayfair and the other defendants, details the landscape in the latest MCM CommerceChat podcast.