Following the model of New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina and Arkansas laws, Connecticut recently adopted click-through nexus legislation that is effective on July 1, 2011. The new law states that any retailer that has an agreement with a Connecticut resident, under which the resident, for a commission or otherwise, refers potential customers (by a web site link or other contact) to the retailer, is presumed to have nexus with Connecticut if its sales as a result of such agreements in Connecticut exceed $2,000 for the preceding year. As is the case in the four states described above, the presumption can be rebutted by proof that the residents do not undertake in-state solicitation activities that would create nexus under the constitutional standard.
The Connecticut statute differs from the statutes enacted in New York and other states, in that the threshold for sales is a lower amount–$2,000 as opposed to $10,000 (or $5,000 in the case of Rhode Island). It also differs from the recently-enacted Illinois statute inasmuch as the Illinois statute does not permit a retailer to rebut a finding of nexus that is based upon a relationship with an affiliate located in Illinois that provides a link to a retailer’s Internet site that facilitates the sale of tangible personal property.