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Online sellers consider how to comply with sales tax ruling

Last Updated Jun 23, 2018 at 11:40 am AST

FILE - In this April 6, 2018, photo, Adrienne Kosewicz, owner of Play It Safe World Toys, poses for a portrait in her home office in Seattle. Kosewicz pays $3,600 a year for tax collection software to handle payments and reports to her home state, Washington. Her Seattle-based online business sells through Amazon, which handles computation and collection. States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday, June 21, that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big win for states. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – While a Supreme Court ruling on sales taxes will create more obligations and expenses for many small online retailers, owners are already thinking about how they’ll comply.

They expect to sign up for software and services to help collect the tax and send it to state tax authorities. And some are looking for ways to absorb the costs of complying.

Some online owners are shrugging off the decision, while owners of brick and mortar stores hope to get back some sales lost to the internet.

Adrienne Kosewicz already pays $3,300 a year for tax compliance software for sales in her home state, Washington. She expects that collecting taxes in other states will raise costs by a manageable 10 per cent at her Seattle-based online business, Play It Safe World Toys.

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