Internet

ND Tax Dept.

North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said he hopes Congress or the courts will start allowing states to collect sales taxes from Internet retailers.

Some of the retailers do submit sales taxes to North Dakota. Under state law, if the retailer doesn’t do it, the customer is supposed to pay. But that law is widely ignored, and not enforced.

The question last came up in the “Quill v. North Dakota” case. That case went to the US Supreme Court.

ND Legislature

The Legislature has set the stage for collecting state sales taxes from Internet retailers.

Sen. Dwight Cook (R-Mandan) introduced a bill to set up what he calls an “economic nexus” – that would allow North Dakota to start collecting those sales taxes – if Congress passes a bill to allow it, or if the US Supreme Court overturns its earlier ruling against that collection.

"In the case 'Quill v. North Dakota, the high court ruled states couldn't require Internet retilers to collect state sales tax," Cook said. "What we're doing here is creating an economic nexus."

ND Legislature

A bill that could lead to North Dakota collecting sales tax from Internet retailers is on its way to Gov. Burgum.

The bill would require an Internet site that has $100,000 or more in sales to North Dakotans – or has 200 or more North Dakota clients, to remit sales tax collections to the state. But it will only happen if and when the US Supreme Court overturns its ruling -- in the "Quill v. North Dakota" case -- that does not allow states to collect those taxes.

Internet retail sales tax bill passes House

Apr 5, 2017
ND Legislature

The House has passed a bill that could allow North Dakota to start collecting sales tax from some Internet retailers.

The bill requires an on-line retailer to sell at least $100,000 worth of goods to North Dakota customers – or have 200 or more North Dakotans making purchases – before the sales tax can be collected. And it can only happen if the US Supreme Court overturns its decision in the "Quill v. North Dakota" case that prohibited a sales tax on Internet retail sales.

Internet sales tax bill still pending

Mar 21, 2017
ND Legislature

A bill that could lead to North Dakota collecting sales tax from Internet retailers is being temporarily held up in the House.

It had earlier passed the state Senate.

The bill’s sponsor -- Sen. Dwight Cook (R-Mandan) said it’s meant to create a situation where a case could again go to the US Supreme Court. In an earlier case, called “Quill versus North Dakota,” the Court ruled the state could not collect sales taxes from Internet sellers.

ND Legislature

A House committee is looking at a bill that could lead to North Dakota collecting sales tax from on-line retailers.

The bill could set up a court case to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in “Quill v. North Dakota.” In that case, the Court rejected the idea of states collecting sales tax from Internet retailers. Sen. Dwight Cook (R-Mandan)  is the sponsor. He said one of two things would have to happen to allow that tax collection.

Regulating the Internet

Nov 24, 2014

Should the Internet be regulated just like a utility?

That’s a question now being debated, after President Obama made that suggestion. It was a topic at a recent meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. North Dakota Public Service Commission chairman Brian Kalk participated in some of those discussions. He says it’s a very complex issue.

"Think of all the investment that's been done in the Internet and telecomm with the current set of rules," said Kalk. "Why would we stifle that down?"

The Dakota Carrier Network has opened its new Network Operations center in Bismarck.

DCN is the backbone for a statewide telecommunications network – which includes state government.

Officials describe it as the “Fort Knox” for the system’s connectivity and reliability.

"We have an imbedded network core that will withstand 200 mile per hour winds," said DCM General Manager Evan Hass. "You cannot afford to have a major network like Dakota Carrier Network have a network that has blown away."