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Boston-Based Wayfair Must Collect State Sales Taxes, Supreme Court Rules04:08
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The Supreme Court decided Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect state sales tax.

In a 5-4 decision, the High Court ruled Wayfair, a Boston-based home goods company, must collect sales taxes for online purchases in South Dakota.

The company has argued it shouldn't have to because it didn't have a physical presence in that state.

WBUR's Bruce Gellerman explains on All Things Considered

This segment aired on June 21, 2018.

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