Imagine having $26 billion dangling just in front of you, only to have it repeatedly jerked away. That’s the situation facing the 45 states that have a sales tax, as people do more of their shopping from the comfort of their couches, rather than in retail stores.The $26 billion is what states estimate they could collect in sales taxes on products sold remotely — online and via mail order.
While states are moving ahead with their efforts, two large roadblocks stand in their way — the courts and Congress. The 2016 South Dakota law requires remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in the state if they have more than 200 transactions or $100,000 in sales in the state.
Lawmakers in California, home to almost half of the nation's electric vehicles, decided this year to impose an annual fee on the owners of plug-in electric cars beginning in 2020.Meanwhile, Maine is considering an annual fee on both plug-in electric vehicles and more popular hybrids, which run on both gasoline and electricity and recharge as they go.