CAN CHARGING SALES TAXES ON INTERNET SALES SAVE BRICK-AND-MORTAR STORES?

Authors

  • William G. Jens McNeese State University
  • Jeanne-Claire Patin McNeese State University
  • Lonnie Turpin McNeese State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.60154/jaepp.2020.v21n2p263

Keywords:

Nexus, Use tax, E-commerce sales, Brick-and-mortar sales

Abstract

In October of 2018, Sears, a U.S. retail giant, filed for bankruptcy. Walmart, the largest U.S. retail operation, recently introduced a new business model whereby on-line orders can be picked up or even delivered. Both events can be seen as part of a major shift away from the traditional brick-and-mortar operations toward on-line retail sales and the big elephant in the room, Amazon. Twenty years ago, the Internet Tax Freedom Act was passed, halting direct taxation on internet sales. At the time, it was seen as a protection of a relatively fledgling industry. Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that states may charge sales taxes on internet sales. This study will look at relative growth rates of retail sales v. internet sales and draw some conclusions on the ability of brick-and-mortar stores to compete against internet sales operations going forward and the possible impact of charging sales taxes on all internet sales.

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Published

2023-04-24

How to Cite

Jens, W. G., Patin, J.-C., & Turpin, L. (2023). CAN CHARGING SALES TAXES ON INTERNET SALES SAVE BRICK-AND-MORTAR STORES?. Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy, JAEPP, 21(2), 263. https://doi.org/10.60154/jaepp.2020.v21n2p263