The Supreme Court ruled earlier today that states can compel retailers to collect sales taxes, even if they don’t have a physical presence in the state. This will affect millions of online shoppers.
The ruling overturned a 1992 Supreme Court precedent and, potentially, paves the way for consumers to pay more for their online purchases. State and local governments had grown increasingly agitated as sales from brick and mortar retailers gave way to online retail which now comprises approximately 9.5% of the dollar value of total purchases.
As far as Pennsylvania is concerned, items that are deemed necessities are not taxed, that goes for in-person, and online. But, if it is taxed in PA, it now can be taxed online when shipped to a PA address.