OKRetail News

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2018

Oklahoma Retail Merchants Association calls Sales Tax Fairness Ruling a "Main Street Milestone"

United States Supreme Court rules states may compel online retailers to collect and remit sales tax

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Retail Merchants Association (ORMA) issued the following statement from ORMA’s Chief Executive Officer, Kiley Raper, regarding the ruling of the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in the case of Wayfair v. South Dakota. Specifically, the ruling revists the SCOTUS decision in Quill Corp. v. North absolving retailers with no physical presence from collecting state sales tax.

“Thursday's SCOTUS decision is a Main Street Milestone. It has been over 25 years since the Quill decision and much has changed in our economy since 1992. The internet is no longer in its infancy and consumers were still making more of their purchases in stores not by clicking a link on their smartphone. Regardless of where a sale occurs, a sale is a sale and sales tax should be applied to every sale made to an Oklahoma consumer. Main Street retailers that employ your neighbors, pay property tax and support the little league team and high school band should be on a level playing field with out-of-state retailers that use our roads and landfills but do not have to collect the sales tax that is used to pay for this infrastructure. It is estimated that Oklahoma loses over $250  million in sales tax each year to remote sales where sales tax is owed but not collected. These are revenues that could now be used to lower everyone’s taxes, build roads and improve schools and increase teacher pay.

“ORMA is pleased by the United States Supreme Court decision in the Wayfair case. We are eager to work with the Oklahoma State Legislature to enact state legislation that will finally put an end to this unlevel playing on our Main Streets."

ORMA President, Mike Thompson, Thompson Pools in Norman, Oklahoma, said “As a brick and mortar, Oklahoma retailer, I can tell you that my commitment is to my community, where I live and operate. I believe that the Supreme Court opened an opportunity to level the playing field for me, and other retailers like me, who have been at a disadvantage compared to internet retailers who weren’t required to collect sales tax. I look forward to what the state legislature will do with this decision.”

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The Oklahoma Retail Merchants Association was founded in 2015 by retailers advocating for e-fairness legislation to save Main Street Oklahoma businesses. Since then, the organization has rallied for changes to retail business laws such as retail alcohol sales, organized retail crime, and tax reporting.