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Amazon vows to continue dropping "states who pass those affiliate laws"

Taxes have become a major issue for Amazon in many U.S. states, but the online retail giant isn't afraid to turn its back on those pressuring it to collect. 

A few years back, Amazon filed a lawsuit against the state of New York because NY tried to collect taxes from out-of-state transactions through Amazon. More recently, Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs charged Amazon $269 million in unpaid sales taxes on online sales. This led to Amazon's decision to close a distribution center and cancel further plans to expand operations in the state.  

While certain states are going after Amazon mainly due to the fact that the retailer's affiliates operate within these states, and because they need a way to offset huge budget deficits, they're not the only ones who have a bone to pick with Amazon. Brick-and-mortar competitors like Best Buy and Sears also want to see the retail giant collect taxes because they see Amazon as having an unfair advantage. 

Amazon is cutting loose from more U.S. states that continuously pressure the retailer to collect taxes. For instance, Illinois just passed a new law that requires online retailers to collect taxes if they have affiliates in the state. Amazon's answer to that is to cancel affiliate programs in the state of Illinois. 

In addition, both Texas and California are considering bills that would tax online sales. Amazon made it clear that it will simply continue to drop affiliates in U.S. states if the states continue down this path. 

"We will continue to drop states who pass those affiliate laws, from the affiliate program," said Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. "In the U.S., the constitution prohibits states from interfering in interstate commerce. The sales tax collection is very complicated. The right place to fix this is with federal legislation." 

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RE: Urg
By Gurthang on 5/12/2011 10:52:46 AM , Rating: 2
Oh this old yarn. Yes it would be great if nobody commited crimes so we never needed police, or got sick or old so we never needed doctors, never had disputes and always did what we said we would do so we would never need lawyers or judges. And would always just help each other out so that when bad things do happen no matter how big they are we would band together as a community and just fix them ourselves no matter the personal cost. Heck wouldn't be nice to have the free time and skills to raise your children all by yourself and never need any of those expensive teachers or schools.

That world does not exist. And like it or not we live in communities called states which have the unsavory job of dealing with the schitzo desires of the community which in turn is run by people we "elect" who get there by making prommises to the "people" like a used car salesman.

Hey my state outlawed "beastiality" I feel that was time and money well spent. Too bad it was defined as "sex with dumb animals" that either makes it illeagal to have sex with any animal with an IQ below X or just opened up sex with animals who know sign language. Exciting times indeed!

RE: Urg
By Gzus666 on 5/12/2011 11:22:37 AM , Rating: 3
What state do you live in?

Hot dolphin sex here I come!

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