RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The South Dakota government is getting ready to bring in more money by collecting sales tax from online retailers, but don't start adding up all that extra money just yet.
The new money doesn't necessarily translate to more money.
"I didn't look at it as tax increase," said Republican Representative Tim Goodwin. "Once the Partridge Amendment takes place we're going to get the half cent sales tax back to the tax payers."
In 2016 the legislature passed an amendment - called the Partridge Amendment - to repeal the half cent sales tax put into affect to raise teacher salaries. Now, Goodwin wants to see that tax repealed and replaced.
"Basically, to wrap it up really simply into a nutshell, once internet sales hits $100 million the half cent sales tax goes back to the tax payers. Of course this is off set because we got the internet sales. So it's an offsetting thing," Goodwin said.
However, there's an air of uncertainty regarding how the amendment fits in with the bills passed on Wednesday authorizing the collection of sales tax from online retailers.
"The secretary of revenue said that additional legislation was going to need to be passed for that to become a reality, but that's not my understanding," Goodwin said. "Trust me, between now and January we'll have that figured out.
It's an amendment Goodwin and his colleagues are ready to fight for.
"The government doesn't want to give that back," Goodwin explains. "We are going to really be digging in when session starts. There's going to be a bigger fight if they try to stop what's in law already which is the Partridge Amendment."
The Partridge Amendment is named after Rapid City legislator Jeffery Partridge