(WIAT) — This will be the first holiday shopping season the state of Alabama will fully be able to collect online sales taxes, this all comes after a Supreme Court ruling last Summer.

As of October 1 of this year, the state officially started collecting online sales tax. Before the Supreme Court ruling, the state was collecting through a voluntary system. So far this year the state has collected $79 million in online sales taxes.  

Melissa Warnke of the Alabama Retail Association explains, “It’s $79 million that we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise for the things that go to the cities and counties, for infrastructure, and all kinds of things that our tax dollars are supporting.”
Retailers say this will level the playing field for tax collection in Alabama.