Online shopping is likely the new pot of gold that states and other taxing jurisdictions may turn to for tax dollars.
The Supreme Court declined to hear the conflict over state sales taxes for purchases on websites like Amazon.com. Many people shop online to avoid taxes.
But the court rejected appeals from Amazon.com LLC and Overstock.com Inc. in their battle against a New York court ruling, saying they must pay sales taxes as in-state businesses do, The Associated Press reports.
States, cities and other jurisdictions may decide to get in on the sales tax action. The National Council of State Legislatures estimated that in 2012, states lost about $23.3 billion from being unable to college sales taxes from online and catalog purchases.
That can set a lot of wobbly budgets firmly in the black.