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  • quits Texas over Taxes (Perry)

    09/07/2011 6:23:17 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 54 replies
    Hoover's Inc. ^ | February 11, 2011 | Staff
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry takes great pride in talking up Texas’ business friendly climate. To hear him tell it, Texas is a magnet for businesses from all over the country (see here). So it came as a bit of a shock to read that online retail giant will close a fulfillment center near Dallas in April due to the ”unfavorable regulatory climate” in Texas. In addition to closing the Irving facility, Amazon is scrapping plans to expand in The Lone Star State — home to the world’s 15th-biggest economy — at the cost of more than 1,000 new jobs...
  • Amazon Promises To Create 7,000 Jobs If California Punts On Web Sales Tax

    09/02/2011 11:55:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/02/2011 | Jon Terbush has said it will add 7,000 workers to its payrolls in California, but only if the state agrees to temporarily postpone implementation of a new sales tax on online purchases. According to Reuters, the web services giant also said that it would stop pushing a ballot measure to overturn that new tax if the state waits until 2014 to being collecting revenue from online purchases. The sales tax went into effect July 1. News of the offer broke Thursday night, just before the federal government unveiled Friday morning new labor statistics showing that no net jobs had been created...
  • Jerry Brown signals thumbs down on Amazon proposal

    09/01/2011 3:18:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/1/11 | Jon Ortiz
    Gov. Jerry Brown said this morning that he's leaning against Internet retailer's proposal to put off enforcing a new law that taxes online purchases in exchange for the company launching several California distribution centers that would create several thousand new jobs. "I'm concerned about anything that will reduce revenue going forward because we have a very uncertain economy," the governor said shortly after speaking at an awards ceremony at Sacramento's Radisson Hotel honoring California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees. "Look, we need more revenues unless we're going keep curbing schools, courts, corrections."
  • Amazon showdown over sales tax to fizzle?

    08/31/2011 12:52:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/31/11 | Steven Harmon, Bay Area News Group
    SACRAMENTO -- The big showdown between traditional retailers and the online sales giant Amazon may dissolve into one big handshake. Amazon is considering backing away from a referendum to overturn a law forcing the company to collect sales taxes if a deal can be worked out with brick-and-mortar retailers and legislative leaders, according to Capitol sources. Amazon would get a two-year reprieve on California taxes but would pledge to support Congressional action on leveling the playing field on Internet sales taxes nationally, according to one person involved in talks between the traditional retailers and Amazon. The negotiations took place Tuesday...
  • Amazon Spends Millions to Fight Internet Sales Tax

    08/29/2011 12:36:49 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies · 2+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 8/27/11 | Aaron Glantz
    When it comes to avoiding the requirement of collecting sales tax from its consumers, Amazon is not afraid to open its wallet. More than nine months before a proposed June 2012 referendum asking that California’s new Internet sales tax law be overturned, Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer, has already spent $5.25 million, state records show, more than any company has spent in California this far from a vote in at least a decade. “The initiative and referendum process have been hijacked,” said Loni Hancock, a state senator from Berkeley, who wrote the law Amazon is trying to overturn and who...
  • Groups Launch Boycott of Amazon (Lefties want Amazon taxes to support Gov. spending)

    08/15/2011 12:56:42 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 18 replies
    The Bay Citizen ^ | August 15, 2011 | Aaron Glantz
    Nan Brasmer says she won't buy anything from Amazon anymore. The 72-year-old president of the 950,000-member California Alliance for Retired Americans is among dozens of community leaders planning to gather in Sacramento Monday morning to launch a consumer boycott of the Seattle-based retailer. The boycott -- and an online petition at -- targets Amazon for its efforts to overturn a new California law that requires internet retailers to collect sales tax from their customers. The boycott is backed by many Demoratic members of the state Legislature, including East Bay Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner and State Senator Loni Hancock, both of...
  • EDITORIAL: Unplug the Internet tax

    08/03/2011 9:19:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 2, 2011 | Editorial
    Congressional Democrats scheme to prop up state spending with online leviesThe class warriors in Congress won’t rest until everything is taxed multiple times. The idea that online retailers aren’t collecting tribute for states in which they have no physical presence galls Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat. So they dreamed up the Main Street Fairness Act to force Internet shoppers to prop up the big spenders in state government. Crony capitalists are lining up in support. Big players in the online space such as Amazon and others with nationwide physical footprints such as Sears...
  • Congress jumps into 'Amazon sales tax' issue

    08/01/2011 10:20:54 AM PDT · by So Cal Rocket · 68 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 8/1/2011 | Jan Norman
    Three Democrats have introduced a federal bill that would require online retailers such as to collect states' sales taxes. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and Representatives John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) call their proposal that was introduced July 29 the Main Street Fairness Act., which has been fighting individual states – including California – over efforts to require online retailers to collect state and local sales tax, is supporting the bill, according to a letter to Durbin from Vice President for Global Public Policy Paul Misener.
  • Congress takes up Amazon sales tax issue

    07/30/2011 5:18:56 PM PDT · by FromTheSidelines · 44 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 30, 2011 | Marc Lifsher
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduces legislation that would require online retailers such as Amazon to collect sales taxes. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) plans a similar measure in the House.
  • Durbin introduces online tax bill, has Amazon support

    07/30/2011 7:07:30 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2011 | Brendan Sasso
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will introduce a bill on Friday to allow states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes. The measure has the support of online giant Amazon. Sens. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Jack Reed (D- R.I.) will co-sponsor the bill, titled the Main Street Fairness Act. Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) will introduce a companion bill in the House. Supporters of the bill argue it will close a loophole that allows online purchases to go untaxed, giving an advantage to online retailers over traditional, brick-and-mortar stores. “Our bill levels the playing field to give...
  • can move forward on tax referendum

    07/18/2011 6:10:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 7/18/11 | Kevin Yamamura can begin collecting signatures to overturn California's new online tax collection law after state Attorney General Kamala Harris issued ballot language Monday for the retailer's proposed referendum. The retailer and its online allies will have until Sept. 27 to gather 505,000 signatures to qualify the referendum for the ballot. Should it qualify, the state would have to suspend its new sales tax law until voters decide on the matter next June.
  • 'Amazon tax' bill faces epic battle

    07/15/2011 12:33:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/15/11 | Dan Walters
    Financially, the so-called "Amazon tax" is a relatively tiny piece of the budget package that Democratic legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown enacted last month. Politically, however, it's a very big deal. The budget trailer bill would compel Internet retailers to collect sales taxes, notwithstanding a U.S. Supreme Court decision that constricts states' powers to do so. Democrats like it because it would raise some money, and California's retailers such as Wal-Mart like it because it would make Amazon, Overstock, et al., less competitive. Amazon has severed its relationships with California "affiliates" and filed a referendum petition that, if it makes...
  • California Voters May Decide Fate of Internet Tax

    07/15/2011 9:47:09 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    Stop eTaxes ^ | 2011-07-14 | Kaitlyn Ewing
    ...The referendum moves to overturn this law in its entirety, allowing affiliates to get back into business with their respective online retailers within 90 days of the referendum’s passage. In order for the referendum to appear on the next state-wide ballot, 504,760 must be collected from California residents. The Internet tax law has already proved to be harmful in California. In order to avoid paying for the unconstitutional tax, online retailers have already started cutting ties with their in-state ad affiliates. Many affiliates, whose income is dependent upon their relationship with online retailers, have already stated their intentions to move...
  • plans to take online tax fight to the ballot in California

    07/12/2011 1:02:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/12/11 | Dale Kasler, in a fresh attack on California's new online sales tax law, is pushing a ballot referendum to have the law repealed. The Internet retailer Monday called it "a referendum on jobs and investment in California." The effort comes two weeks after the law was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. It requires online merchants to collect sales tax on goods purchased by Californians. Amazon hasn't been collecting the tax. The Seattle retailer responded the day the law took effect by severing ties with its 10,000 California affiliates – individuals, businesses and nonprofits that earned commissions by referring customers to Amazon....
  • South Korea Looks to Replace School Textbooks with Tablets By 2015

    07/04/2011 10:22:46 AM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 4, 2011 | Tiffany Kaiser
    In addition, South Korea will create a cloud-based server system for its schools that allows students to download textbooks on their tablets Mobile devices have become a crucial part of everyday life for many people. More recently, tablets have gained popularity as new models, such as Apple's iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, have upped the mobile experience. Furthermore, tablets are not only being used for entertainment purposes. More and more businesses and schools are replacing textbooks and print manuals with tablets. For instance, Alaska Airlines replaced its flight manuals with iPads, and American Airlines is looking to adopt the...
  • Amazon, Overstock thumb nose at California tax

    07/03/2011 3:35:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 68 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/3/11 | Andrew S. Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    So, I went online Friday looking to buy a copy of John Kenneth Galbraith's "The Affluent Society & Other Writings, 1952-1967." Thought it might be timely to revisit the Harvard economist's distinction between "private affluence" and "public squalor." Barnes & Noble's website was selling it for $26.53. Total, which included California sales tax: $28.79. "Total Before Tax" at $26.40. "Estimated Tax To Be Collected: $0.00."At, I could still buy furniture and various knickknacks free of the 7.25 percent tax, even though California's law mandating out-of-state Internet retailers to start collecting the taxes was now in effect. In other...
  • Amazon Threatens To Pull California Affiliates

    06/30/2011 9:08:06 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 10 replies ^ | June 29, 2011 |
    Online retail giant is threatening to pull its California affiliates, as efforts to tax online purchases in the state gains steam. In an email to Amazon Associates who are located in California, Amazon said that it will terminate the associates program for California-based participants, as of the date of any law on the issue becomes effective. The move would not be the first for Amazon, which has been fighting a running battle with states, who have been aggressively trying to tax purchases made through the e-commerce giant. One side effect of the aggressive tax efforts by states--which might have...
  • Amazon terminates deal with 25,000 Calif. affiliates

    06/30/2011 5:26:00 AM PDT · by mort56 · 91 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 6/30/2011 | Jan Norman
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law California’s tax on Internet sales through affiliate advertising which will immediately cut small-business website revenue 20% to 30%, experts say. The bill, AB 28X, takes effect immediately. The state Board of Equalization says the tax will raise $200 million a year, but critics claim it will raise nothing because online retailers will end their affiliate programs rather than collect the tax. Amazon has already emailed its termination of its affiliate advertising program with 25,000 websites
  • California tells online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from customers

    06/30/2011 6:53:28 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 55 replies
    L A Times ^ | June 30, 2011 | Marc Lifsher
    Beginning Friday, and other large out-of-state retailers will be required to collect sales taxes on purchases that their California customers make online.
  • Amazon ends deal with 25,000 California websites (CA taxes internet)

    06/30/2011 6:46:03 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 29, 2011 | Jan Norman
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law California's tax on Internet sales through affiliate advertising which will immediately cut small-business website revenue 20% to 30%, experts say. The bill, AB 28X, takes effect immediately. The state Board of Equalization says the tax will raise $200 million a year, but critics claim it will raise nothing because online retailers will end their affiliate programs rather than collect the tax. "This law won't impact Amazon that much but it is a crisis for website owners who make revenue by placing ads on their websites for thousands of online retailers," Madigan said. "Most...
  • Amazon wields hammer: threatens to end California affiliate program

    06/29/2011 4:58:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies
    SFGate: The Bottom Line ^ | 6/29/11 | Andrew S. Ross
    From an email sent out by the Amazon Associates Program to California affiliates: For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers -- including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you -- even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.
  • Amazon, Texas talk deal: 5,000 jobs in exchange for exmption on collecting sales tax

    06/21/2011 2:59:48 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 32 replies
    Austin AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | 5:33 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2011 | By Barry Harrell is negotiating a deal with Texas officials that would see the online retail giant promise to create more than 5,000 jobs and invest $300 million in the state over the next three years. In exchange, lawmakers would have to grant Amazon a 4½-year exemption from collecting tax on online sales in Texas, according to documents obtained by the American-Statesman. The proposal would be attached to Senate Bill 1, the fiscal matters bill being debated in the Legislature's special session. SB 1 is a must-pass measure essential to balancing the state's 2012-13 budget. The American-Statesman obtained a draft copy of...
  • offers Texas 5,000 jobs in exchange for sales-tax exemption

    06/21/2011 2:58:40 PM PDT · by Immerito · 10 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 21, 2011 | Maria Halkias
    DALLAS — wants to make a deal with the state of Texas. The proposed offer circulating around Austin and obtained by The Dallas Morning News would let Amazon off the hook for collecting sales taxes from its Texas customers over the next 4 ½ years, and would bring 5,000 jobs to the state. The company also is promising to spend $300 million to open distribution centers where those employees would work. Finally, it wants the Texas comptroller's office to set up a website where its customers can send sales tax owed on Amazon purchases to the state. Historically, voluntary...
  • States look to Internet taxes to close budget gaps.

    06/20/2011 11:42:54 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 29 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Published June 19, 2011 | Associated Press
    With sales tax revenue slumping more than 30 percent in most states between 2007 and 2010, lawmakers across the country are grasping for ways to collect those unpaid taxes. Retailers and lawmakers in several states have proposed ways to solve the problem, some with more support than others. Internet retailers cite a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving catalog sales, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which ruled that states could require only companies that had a physical presence within the state to act as tax collector. Last year, New York enacted a law that said Internet retailers' practice of paying...
  • California's plan to tax online sales hits a bump

    06/18/2011 9:43:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/18/11 | Dale Kasler
    California lawmakers have taken another run at taxing online shopping, setting up a major confrontation with online retailers like The Legislature this week approved a bill that would force Amazon and many other out-of-state Internet retailers to collect tax on goods sold to Californians. The Board of Equalization estimates the legislation could produce as much as $317 million a year in additional tax revenue. Still, backers insist it's not about the money; it's about being fair. The bill would force e-commerce retailers to charge the same taxes collected by their brick-and-mortar competitors. "We're finally on the way to creating...
  • Amazon Sales Tax: The Battle, State by State

    06/12/2011 3:31:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 36 replies
    The Street ^ | 6/10/11 | Jeanine Poggi
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Amazon(AMZN) is in the midst of a heated battle with states over whether it should be required to collect sales taxes. While this has been an ongoing debate, the dispute recently escalated as states look to recover deficits coming out of the recession. One way to do this would be through sales taxes. In the past, Amazon has been protected by a 1992 Supreme Court ruling (Quill Corporation v. North Dakota) that prohibits a state from forcing a business to collect sales tax unless it has physical stores in the state. While tax payers in...
  • Amazon Severs Ties With Conn. Retailers Over Tax

    06/10/2011 9:20:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 23 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- says it is severing its relationships with affiliates in Connecticut because of a new state tax on certain online purchases. The retail giant gave notice Friday in a letter to small retailers in the state that until now have received fees for funneling sales to Amazon. The affiliates sell products through Amazon or offer links to Amazon on their own websites. ... Under the new budget, sales tax will be collected when somebody purchases an item online through a website based in Connecticut.
  • The rip-roaring story of the British Army officer who became the first man to walk the Amazon

    05/28/2011 8:24:45 AM PDT · by rawhide · 4 replies ^ | 5-28-11 | Ed Stafford
    Looking back, I can’t say I wasn’t warned. I’d asked an Indian chief to contact the next village by radio, and heard the threat loud and clear: ‘If the gringo comes here, he’ll be killed.’ It was my Peruvian guide, Cho, who came up with a solution: instead of passing through the hostile village, we’d inflate our rubber rafts and paddle over to a long shingle island. There, I could continue my mission to walk the entire length of the Amazon river, without fear of attack. Which is exactly what we did. Then, at the other end of the island,...
  • Jeff Bezos Calls Sales Tax Requirements On Amazon Unconstitutional

    05/17/2011 5:26:18 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 15 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 5/17/11 | timothy
    Steve1960 writes " chief Jeff Bezos says the online retailer won't collect tax from most of its 90 million customers until Congress clearly mandates it. Although a growing number of states are demanding that Amazon collect and remit tax on sales within their borders, such demands are 'interference in interstate commerce' and prohibited by the Constitution, Bezos said."
  • Amazon is Helping to Pop the College Textbook Bubble and College Bookstore Cartel Is Not Happy

    05/06/2011 4:53:53 PM PDT · by Palter · 36 replies
    Carpe Diem ^ | 05 May 2011 | Mark J. Perry
    Inside Higher Ed -- "College bookstores have been consistently losing ground to the Internet retail giant since it entered the textbook market. With its ability to buy in bulk, low overhead and employee costs, and partnerships with third-party sellers, Amazon has made itself one of the cheapest ways to get books and other retail goods. So to "level the playing field," the National Association of College Stores, which represents more than 3,100 college bookstores, has picked a fight with Amazon – the world’s largest bookseller – over advertising claims made by the Internet giant. The claims, which can all be...
  • Wal-Mart returning Haley's favor?

    05/05/2011 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 28 replies
    The State ^ | 5/5/11 | Jeff Wilkinson
    Wal-Mart returning Haley's favor? Company promises dozens of new stores, 4,000 jobs after teaming with governor to oppose Amazon tax exemption By JEFF WILKINSON - Lexington County leaders questioned the timing of an announcement Wednesday by Wal-Mart and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley which promised dozens of new stores and 4,000 jobs over the next five years, with one politician calling it a “shell game.” Several said the announcement was a political favor for Haley, who opposed giving a sales tax break to for a planned distribution center in Cayce that would have brought 1,249 jobs to the area....
  • Amazon's Cloud Crash Disaster Permanently Destroyed Many Customers' Data

    04/28/2011 7:21:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/28/2011 | Henry Blodget
    In addition to taking down the sites of dozens of high-profile companies for hours (and, in some cases, days), Amazon's huge EC2 cloud services crash permanently destroyed some data. The data loss was apparently small relative to the total data stored, but anyone who runs a web site can immediately understand how terrifying a prospect any data loss is. (And a small loss on a percentage basis for Amazon, obviously, could be catastrophic for some companies). Amazon has yet to fully explain what happened when its mission-critical and supposedly bomb-proof systems crashed, but the explanation will be important. As will...
  • Amazon packing after House vote

    04/27/2011 8:37:04 PM PDT · by AnotherUnixGeek · 38 replies
    The State ^ | Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011 | Tim Flach
    Amazon all but told South Carolina goodbye Wednesday after the online retailer lost a legislative showdown on a sales tax collection exemption it wants to open a distribution center that would bring 1,249 jobs to the Midlands.
  • Texas House passes an online sales tax bill

    04/27/2011 3:41:06 PM PDT · by fifedom · 35 replies
    Internet retailer ^ | April 27, 2011, | Paul Demery
    Legislation that could make it easier for Texas to collect sales taxes from online retailers won approval today from the Texas House of Representatives today by a vote of 125 to 20. The bill now goes to the Texas Senate. Republican state Sen. Steve Ogden has indicated he would push through a Senate version of the legislation,
  • Dan Walters: Can California tax Internet purchases?

    03/20/2011 9:18:07 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/20/11 | Dan Walters
    California's severe budget squeeze and a stagnant economy have rekindled a political war over how Internet purchases should be taxed – if, indeed, they could be taxed. California already has one of the nation's highest sales tax rates, approaching 10 percent in some communities. But it's applied only to transactions inside the state or to mail order and Internet sales when the seller has a "physical presence" in the state. The latter condition – decreed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992 – is the rub. Technically, Californians who buy from distant sellers are supposed to pay an equivalent "use...
  • Illinois' Illogical Internet Tax

    03/11/2011 6:03:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March, 11, 2011 | Staff
    Fiscal Policy: Illinois becomes the latest state to enact a law imposing a sales tax on Internet retailers. Advertised as saving "main street" jobs, it's yet another creative way to drive them off. Ignoring the truism that when you tax something you get less of it, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed legislation making the Land of Lincoln the latest state to enact what's dubbed the Amazon Tax. It's designed to collect state sales taxes from online companies if in-state businesses do business through websites such as Seattle-based In the past, online companies such as Amazon avoided collecting...
  • Amazon cuts Ill. ties over sales tax collection

    03/11/2011 12:30:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 50 replies
    Springfield, Ill. (AP) -- has made good on its threat to cut ties with Illinois affiliates because of a new law requiring the online store to collect sales taxes. Amazon notified its Illinois partners Friday that it will stop doing business with them on April 15. It calls the tax law "unconstitutional and counterproductive.
  • Illinois Governor Signs Amazon Internet Sales Tax Law

    03/10/2011 4:38:42 PM PST · by STARWISE · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3-10-11 | Janet Novack
    After two-months of fence-sitting, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today signed controversial legislation requiring Internet retailers like and to collect Illinois’ 6.25% sales tax if they have affiliate sellers in the state. House Bill 3659, the Mainstreet Fairness Bill, was passed by the state’s lame duck legislature in early January. Since then, the bill has been the subject of fierce lobbying by traditional bricks and mortar retailers, who supported it, and Illinois-based Internet-only businesses, who warned that if Quinn didn’t veto it some of them would flee the state. Had Quinn done nothing, the bill would have become law...
  • Amazon warns it will leave California affiliates over tax law

    03/05/2011 12:50:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    Internet Retailer ^ | 03/02/11 | Paul Demery
    March 2, 2011, 4:32 PM Amazon warns it will leave California affiliates over tax law Paul Demery Managing Editor The retailer will cut ties with affiliates if the state passes sales tax legislation. Inc. told California tax officials this week that it will cut ties with thousands of California affiliates if the state passes pending legislation requiring the online retailer to collect sales tax from California customers. Amazon, contending that four bills pending in the California Legislature appear to be unconstitutional or would “construct Trojan horses” leading to unconstitutional regulation, said passage of any of the bills into law...
  • State stands up to anti-tax attack

    03/04/2011 3:30:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 77 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/11 | Andrew S. Ross
    Is getting nervous? How else to explain its intemperate letter threatening to put more than 10,000 Californians out of work should the state even think about enforcing the collection of unpaid sales taxes on Amazon and other Internet retailers? "I'm not surprised by what Amazon's done," said Board of Equalization Chairwoman Betty Yee. "I think it's their way of getting California to back off." Support has been growing for legislation, backed by Yee, that would clear the way to collect an estimated $1.145 billion in unpaid taxes that out-of-state online merchants such as Amazon, and catalog houses such L.L....
  • Amazon threatens to cut Calif. affiliates over taxes

    03/02/2011 2:29:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    CNET News ^ | 3/2/11 | Steven Musil has threatened to cut off more than 10,000 affiliates in California if state lawmakers pass legislation requiring the Internet retailer to collect sales tax from state residents. Seattle-based Amazon said four bills introduced in the state legislature are unconstitutional because they would require sellers with no physical presence in California to collect sales tax from its residents (Snip) "In no uncertain terms, Amazon has made it clear to me that the checks they send Californians will be cut off overnight if pending legislation aimed at regulating their operations becomes law."
  • My ways not your own ! "BE" in the light !

    02/28/2011 2:10:38 PM PST · by Jedediah · 14 replies
    My children die from a lack of knowledge that I AM The King of their temple and not their own mindset that seeks to dethrone Me for it is in itself unholy . Therefore take on the all of Me Yes , but I must remain at all times both your denominator your True Foundation Stone and also you must believe I AM The numerator of your ways your All Provider for truly I AM That , your I AM in and through all things my children . Surrender to Me everything you are that I may "rise up" in...
  • shutting Irving office over tax dispute

    02/11/2011 6:18:58 PM PST · by NCjim · 61 replies
    Dallas News ^ | February 10, 2011 | ERIC TORBENSON and MARIA HALKIAS
    As a result of an ongoing tax dispute with Texas, has decided to take its ball and go home. The online retailer said Thursday that it would shutter its Irving distribution facility April 12 and cancel plans to hire as many as 1,000 additional workers rather than pay Texas what the state says is owed in uncollected sales tax. Texas wants $269 million from Seattle-based Amazon in past-due sales tax. It sent the bill to the company last October. “Despite much hard work and the support of other Texas officials, we’ve been unable to come to a resolution with...
  • Amazon closing Tx center amid dispute

    02/10/2011 1:13:01 PM PST · by trumandogz · 79 replies
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | 2.10.11 | APRIL CASTRO
    AUSTIN, Texas — Online retail giant will close its suburban Dallas distribution center after a dispute with the state over millions in state sales taxes. The Associated Press obtained an e-mail Thursday sent to Amazon employees by the company's vice president of operations. Amazon's Dave Clark writes that the center will close April 12 due to Texas' "the unfavorable regulatory climate."
  • Major retailers back bid for 'Amazon tax'

    01/20/2011 8:08:45 AM PST · by SmithL · 58 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/20/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner is making another run at forcing major online retailers, including Amazon, to collect sales tax on California purchases. Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat, said Assembly Bill 153 could generate between $250 million and $500 million for the state. Proponents are hoping a new governor and some corporate firepower, including Amazon rival Barnes & Noble, . . .
  • Amazon, CouponCabin Threaten As Illinois Moves To Tax Internet Sales

    01/07/2011 11:51:28 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    Forbes Blog ^ | 1-7-11 | Janet Novack
    On Thursday, the Illinois House of Representatives gave final and overwhelming (88-29) legislative approval to HB 3659, which would require on-line vendors like and to collect Illinois’ 6.25% sales tax if they have affiliate sellers in the state. While Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, hasn’t yet taken a position on the bill, he has favored tax raising measures to help close Illinois’ $13 billion budget gap, which has rattled investors in the state’s bonds. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, only retailers with a physical presence in a state are required to collect that state’s sales or use tax....
  • Amazon to dump their Associates Program with IL residents if Quinn signs the bill ...

    01/06/2011 4:30:39 PM PST · by mlizzy · 36 replies
    Email | 1-6-10 | Amazon
    Greetings from the Amazon Associates Program: We regret to inform you that the Illinois state legislature has passed an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that, if signed by Governor Quinn, would leave little choice but to end its relationships with Illinois-based Associates. You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Illinois. If our records are incorrect, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. Please note that this not an immediate termination notice and you are still a valued participant in the Amazon Associates Program. But if the governor signs this...
  • Amazon Can't Dent iTunes (Albums @ Amazon for $3.99)

    12/18/2010 5:10:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/16/10 | ETHAN SMITH and GEOFFREY A. FOWLER
    On the day Apple Inc. rolled out the Beatles' catalog on its iTunes Store, Inc. fired back with a digital exclusive of its own: The latest album from rap-rocker Kid Rock—whose music still isn't available on iTunes—for just $3.99.
  • Underdogs Amazon and Target take aim at iTunes and Walmart (Battle of music retailers)

    12/13/2010 11:00:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/13/2010
    NEW YORK (Billboard) – As music retailers suffer ever shrinking sales, some of the most aggressive moves to boost business are being made by the perpetual runners-up in their respective sectors. The past year has seen heightened competitive positioning between Apple's iTunes store and Amazon for digital sales and Walmart and Target for CD sales. In both instances the latter merchant is bringing the fight to their larger competitor. Amazon batters iTunes daily with pricing promotions like the Daily Deal, while Target recently used huge marketing spending to challenge Walmart's dominance in country music. AMAZON VS. ITUNES The Amazon MP3...
  • Amazon removes incest-related erotica titles from store, Kindle archive

    12/12/2010 6:48:03 PM PST · by Raymann · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Teleread ^ | December 12, 2010 | Chris Meadows
    A discussion thread on Amazon’s Kindle Community forum notes that Amazon has begun removing some previously-published books or stories from its store, and from the Kindle archives. Readers who have previously downloaded them to their Kindles can keep them there, but cannot re-download them (and will be refunded the price of purchase assuming Amazon can still find the purchase record). The story whose removal sparked the discussion was an erotica title called Wicked Lovely by author Jess C. Scott. The tale dealt with incest, and involved a love scene between a 17- and an 18-year-old. However, Amazon would not tell...