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Etsy and eBay sellers hold their breath over Supreme Court’s sales tax ruling

Small online businesses may bear the brunt of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow states to collect sales tax from online retailers, but how bad it’ll be, they don’t yet know.

The high court ruling released Thursday gives states the right to collect sales tax from online vendors, even if they don’t have a physical presence in that state, overturning a pre-internet court ruling called Quill that exempted online merchants from those collection duties.

In the 5-4 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the internet has completely changed the way people buy and sell goods. “When it decided Quill, the court could not have envisioned a world in which the world’s largest retailer would be a remote seller,” he wrote.

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