A state Senator who has attempted to push legislation that would force online retailers to collect the state sales tax says a Supreme Court ruling confirms what he suspected.
Senator Dan Watermier of Syracuse says his bill failed last legislative session because critics, like Governor Pete Ricketts, wanted to wait for the court’s ruling.
“Their main argument against it was that it was not unconstitutional,” says Watermeier.
Now he says it’s up to the state to define which online retailers have to collect the taxes; something he thinks his bill did.
“I would still be supportive of the idea,” Watermeier says.
Legislative Bill 44 mirrored the South Dakota law the Supreme Court upheld. Any online business that has sales of $100,000 or processes more than 200 transactions, would be required to collect and remit the state sales tax under the legislation, according to Watermeier. Once a system is in place, Watermeier says Nebraska will be able to start collecting what he believes is $70 -to-$90 million dollars in tax revenue.
Unless a special session is called, lawmakers will have to wait until January to consider appropriate legislation.
AUDIO: William Padmore reporting [:45]