Supreme Court to Reconsider Quill Doctrine

On January 12, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a case through which they will re-consider the primacy of “physical presence” in determining a sellers’ obligation to collect and remit sales tax across the country. The case (South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Et al.) comes to the Court based on a South Dakota statute enacted in 2016 which required remote sellers to collect tax on sales to South Dakota customers if they had more than $100,000 in annual sales into South Dakota or engaged in 200 or more separate transactions.

With oral arguments potentially happening in April and a final decision in June, businesses need to immediately begin considering the steps they need to take to support what could be a greatly expanded sales tax compliance obligation in the very near future.

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Charles Maniace

Charles Maniace is Vice President – Regulatory Analysis & Design at Sovos. An attorney by trade, Chuck leads a team of attorneys responsible for all the tax and regulatory content that keeps Sovos clients continually compliant. Over his 14 year career in tax and regulatory automation, he has given talks and presentations on a variety of topics including The Taxation of High Tech Transactions, The Taxation of Remote Commerce, The Regulatory Implications of Brexit, The Rise of E-Audits, Form 1042-S Best Practices and Penalty Abatement Practices for Information Returns. Chuck is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and holds a B.S. in Business Economics from Bentley College, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.
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