Rapid City, SD (KEVN) There's a big decision on the line in Washington this upcoming week having all to do with fairness on sales tax.
It's a resolution that is set to determine whether South Dakota and many other states can demand the big out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes.
A precedent set by the Supreme Court in 1992 --- large e-commerce businesses currently do not have to collect state sales taxes when shipping to a state where they don't have an office, warehouse or other physical presence.
At Tuesday's meeting, South Dakota is asking the nine judges to overturn that decision because with it, they're losing out in billions of dollars in tax revenue and smaller businesses that sell online say the expense of collecting taxes nationwide could drive them out of business
"To fight for that even playing field. It is not fair right now that an out-of-state retail business gets a tax advantage over us and I'm going to do everything I can as South Dakota's Attorney General to fight for that level and fair playing field for our main street businesses, " Jackley said.
South Dakota is one of nine states that do not have state income therefore making it dependent on sales tax more than others.