As ND gains from online sales tax, tribes don’t want to be left behind

Published: Dec. 16, 2019 at 6:04 PM CST
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North Dakota has collected $27 million from online sellers since the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that states can collect taxes even if the store doesn't have a physical location.

That number is expected to grow as online shopping expands, but the money isn't helping every community equally.

If you buy something online, even for tribal members, and live off of a reservation, you pay the sales tax. The tribes don't collect it and MHA Chairman Mark Fox says something needs to change.

“If it's $100 Million in tax and 10 percent of the population is native, then 10 percent of that tax statewide would be split up statewide among the tribes and they'd be able to enjoy it,” said Fox.

Fox says he is confident the legislature will take some action in 2021