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SCOTUS Overturns Quill - How Manufacturers Are Impacted and What You Should Be Doing Today

Craig Cookle
Sep 27, 2018

This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court released its highly anticipated decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., a case that has been referred to as the “tax case of the millennium.” In a five-to-four decision, the Supreme Court overturned the physical presence standard set forth in its own decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota. In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state could require a business to collect sales tax only if that business had a physical presence in that state.

The Wayfair decision has opened the door for states to enact economic nexus, and companies may be incorrectly advised to register and file for sales tax without fully understanding any prior sales tax exposure. On top of that, there are other tax risks, including income tax, franchise tax, and some types of gross receipts taxes, to which the company may be exposed.

If you don’t fully analyze your unique situation, your manufacturing organization is at risk.

Many organizations are tempted to register for sales tax now, but doing so opens the door for the state to address prior years, resulting in mounting tax (sales and other types), interest and penalties. Sales tax collection registration also precludes organizations from participating in any applicable voluntary disclosure programs to address prior years.

Join Wipfli State and Local Tax (SALT) leaders Craig Cookle and Tara Johnson to learn more about this monumental change, how it impacts manufacturers and what you should be doing today.

Webinar topic highlights:

  • The history of sales tax economic nexus
  • The Wayfair ruling and related fallout
  • Impact to manufacturers
  • The risk of not addressing the situation
  • How voluntary disclosure programs can help and how to ensure you remain eligible to participate

Who should attend:

This on-demand webinar is intended for business owners, CEOs, CFOs, controllers, accounts payable and accounting staff, and others involved in state and local tax filing and reporting who need to understand the impact of the Wayfair ruling.


Craig A. Cookle
CPA, Partner
Tara T. Johnson
Senior Manager


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