Montana attorney general battles South Dakota online sales tax

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 16, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced April 4 that his office is fighting sales tax expansion efforts that he believes are harmful to states like Montana.

Fox filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair; and noted Montana has long fought against sales taxes. A new law passed by South Dakota threatens Montana’s stance, he says. The law mandates that any business that sells $100,000 or more to South Dakota consumers online must pay South Dakota’s online sales tax. Fox argues that Montana businesses will be negatively affected by the law.

“Montana businesses shouldn’t bear the burden of serving as deputized tax collectors for states and municipalities with an online sales tax,” Fox said in a statement. “For many businesses, getting by is already hard enough without the additional challenge of deciphering a complex web of taxing jurisdictions spread across the country. I’m standing up for Montana businesses and pushing back against efforts to force an online sales tax on Montana consumers.”

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