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AG Coffman Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Hold Online Retailers to Same Standards as Local Businesses

“Level the Playing Field for Businesses by Reversing Arcane Tax Ruling”


DENVER- Today Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced that she and 34 other States and the District of Columbia have filed a “friend of the Court” brief in the United States Supreme Court, supporting the State of South Dakota in South Dakota v.  Wayfair, Inc., No. 17-494. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is lead counsel for the coalition of States seeking to overturn an outdated rule preventing States from requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect the sales tax that is owed on retail goods.  

Research has shown that nearly 80 percent of Americans have shopped online, with 43 percent indicating that they shop online "weekly" or "a few times a month."[1] That means states are missing out on substantial tax revenue.

“My office is fighting to level the playing field for Colorado businesses. It is unacceptable that out-of-state online companies are able to avoid collecting state sales tax when our homegrown, brick-and-mortar businesses must do so. This 50-year-old tax ruling came before the moon landing and decades before the first internet retail sale. States are losing billions of dollars in tax revenue, and it’s time to put a stop to it.”

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Annie Skinner
Colorado Attorney General’s Office
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