Ill. high court invalidates 'Amazon tax' for sales -

Ill. high court invalidates 'Amazon tax' for sales

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain Internet sales.

   The justices ruled 6-1 in an opinion released Friday to invalidate the so-called "Amazon tax."

   The ruling determined that the law violates a pre-emptive federal decree prohibiting "discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce."

   Lawmakers created the Internet tax in 2011 on out-of-state electronic retailers. The law claimed those merchants maintained a presence in the state through a website link.

   In other words, if a blogger referred customers to a company by encouraging clicking on a site-based advertisement, that was "presence" in Illinois. That obligated the seller to collect sales tax.

   Justice Lloyd Karmeier dissented, saying the law doesn't impose any new taxes.

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