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Arkansas among 35 states backing legal bid to collect online sales taxes


States have pushed Congress to address the issue without success, and one estimate put the loss to states at roughly $26 billion in 2015.


By The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Thirty-five state attorney generals, including Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas, and the District of Columbia, have signed on to support South Dakota's legal bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers.

South Dakota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said in a statement Thursday that Colorado filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting South Dakota's petition to the high court. The state is seeking to overturn legal rulings issued mostly before the online shopping boom that hamstring officials who want to collect sales taxes from out-of-state retailers.

"South Dakota is leading the national fight to bring tax fairness for our local retailers and to help support main street businesses," Jackley said. Read more.

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