Heitkamp supports sales tax decision

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to reconsider whether states can collect sales tax from outside companies. As North Dakota’s tax commissioner 25 years ago, she argued for the state’s right to collect sales tax from the Quill Corp., a catalog company.

“When I first brought this case to the Supreme Court in 1992, catalog retailers had an unfair advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers because they weren’t required to collect sales tax. Since then – with the explosion of online retail – the problem has only gotten worse, and North Dakota’s small businesses are hurting as a result,” Heitkamp said.

She said a ruling by the Supreme Court could add up to $35 million in online sales tax revenue for North Dakota.