The hotly disputed question of whether online retailers can be compelled to collect sales taxes in states where they don't have a bricks-and-mortar presence has played out around the nation with differing results.
The contradictory outcomes could mean the issue of so-called Amazon taxes will end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. And we hope that it does.
Though federal lawmakers could settle the matter if they would pass legislation giving states collection authority, the Supreme Court could bring clarity to some of the disputed issues.
If, for instance, the court ruled that online retail affiliates are the “nexus” necessary to allow states to compel collection, it could change the legal landscape.
On the other hand, if a patchwork of Amazon tax decisions are allowed to stand without judicial or legislative intervention, it will only further confuse an issue that is begging for a national solution.