High Court decision could send internet sales taxes to Durango
New revenue would help, but not solve, city’s long-term budget deficit
The city of Durango could see some additional tax revenue thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on internet sales, but not enough to solve a projected municipal budget shortfall.
The Supreme Court recently ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair that states and local governments can require remote retailers with no physical presence in a state to pay sales taxes.
“The Supreme Court has recognized that our tax system has changed, our economy has changed and we need to modernize,” said Ali Mickelson, director of legislative and tax policy with the Colorado Fiscal Institute, a nonpartisan organization.
The new sales tax revenues could bring in an additional $168 million to $262 million to the state of Colorado and local governments, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report.
But there are unanswered questions associated with the decision, including when new revenue will start to flow and how much local governments might receive.
“I don’t know that any experts are certain about what’s gong to happen,” Mickelson said.