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Supreme Court Declines To Hear Appeal Over State Sales Tax On Online Purchases

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A major move regarding the future of internet commerce was made Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year.

The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Amazon and Overstock that would've potentially kept New Yorkers from paying state sales tax on online purchases.

The online retail giants had been challenging the legality of a state law mandating that they collect state sales tax on purchases made through their web portals.

New York passed a law in 2008 requiring that such retailers collect sales tax if they maintain so-called affiliates inside the state.

An affiliate could be a blog or site offering coupons and deals for a commission.

The court's decision not to hear the appeal could prompt more states to attempt to collect taxes from website purchases.

So far, 20 states already have such laws in the books.

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