The early days of retail and auction eCommerce on the internet had a more “wild west” feel, with very few businesses properly charging sales tax. Shopping online could be a considerably cheaper experience than brick-and-mortar options if the online retailer wasn’t collecting taxes for the items...and most of them weren’t.
The last few years have seen a considerable uptick in the collection of taxes for online shopping. Government agencies—both national and local—are much more likely to exercise the power they have when policing the collection of taxes.
That reach will continue to expand as the word gets out: “Collect proper taxes during eCommerce transactions, or be held accountable.” Businesses that once thought they could slip under the radar are coming to realize that it’s just not an option anymore. So if you need to collect sales tax and create related reports, why not make it easy on yourself and your staff?