Applicability to retailers that enter into certain agreements with residents of this State for the referral of customers through Internet links; construction of certain terms.
Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is presumed that the provisions of this chapter relating to:
The imposition, collection and remittance of the sales tax; and
The collection and remittance of the use tax,Ê apply to every retailer who enters into an agreement with a resident of this State under which the resident, for a commission or other consideration based upon the sale of tangible personal property by the retailer, directly or indirectly refers potential customers, whether by a link on an Internet website or otherwise, to the retailer, if the cumulative gross receipts from sales by the retailer to customers in this State who are referred to the retailer by all residents with this type of an agreement with the retailer is in excess of $10,000 during the preceding four quarterly periods ending on the last day of March, June, September and December.
A retailer may rebut the presumption set forth in subsection 1 by providing proof satisfactory to the Department that each resident with whom the retailer has an agreement did not engage in any activity in this State that was significantly associated with the retailer’s ability to establish or maintain a market in this State for the retailer’s products or services during the preceding four quarterly periods ending on the last day of March, June, September and December. Such proof may consist of the sworn written statements of each resident with whom the retailer has an agreement stating that the resident did not engage in any solicitation in this State on behalf of the retailer during the preceding four quarterly periods ending on the last day of March, June, September and December, if the statements were obtained from each resident and provided to the Department in good faith.
In administering the provisions of this chapter, the Department shall construe the terms “seller,” “retailer” and “retailer maintaining a place of business in this State” in accordance with the provisions of this section.