Supreme Court Divided on Sales Taxes for Online Purchases Image Marty J. In recent weeks, President Trump has criticized Amazon for its tax and shipping practices. In South Dakota v. Not a subscriber yet? South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley came to the U.S. The theory is based on the dormant commerce clause of the U.S. Everyone knows the state is a mess. The answer to that question could carry a pretty hefty price tag.
On one side are states, almost all of them with sales taxes. Microsoft as moot because last month Congress enacted a statute that settled the issues in the case. The two sides in Tuesday's case agree on almost nothing — not the economic facts, not the amount lost in sales taxes, not even on who is hurt by the court's prior decisions. North Dakota is said to cost states and municipalities between $8 billion and $13 billion a year in lost tax revenue.