NEBRASKA SUPPORTS SOUTH DAKOTA IN BID TO COLLECT ONLINE SALES TAX

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has signaled support for South Dakota's bid to collect sales taxes from internet retailers, a case that could have nationwide implications for online shoppers. On Friday, Peterson's office joined 34 other states and the District of Columbia urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence. Right now they cannot, which "exacts an ever-increasing toll" on state finances as online sales boom, the states wrote in their friend-of-the-court brief. Nebraska loses an estimated $30 million to $40 million each year to e-commerce. Peterson said his goal is to ensure that Nebraska has the legal authority to collect online sales tax if it wants to. Last year a bill, LB44, was introduced by Dan Watermeier in the state legislature that would require online retailers to collect or remit sales tax on purchases in Nebraska. The bill was filibustered however and held over for consideration in the upcoming session.