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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: California is full of idiots?
By Nutzo on 5/12/2011 10:54:09 AM , Rating: 3
If they where to just roll back spending to the same level as back in 2000 (even adjusting the numbers for inflation and population growth), California would be running a surplus of a few billion.

It is not down to a choice between raising tuition again or releasing prisoners early.
The problem is political and will not be fixed as long as the same people are still in charge of the senate/assembly (i.e. Democrats) There's little a govenor can do (assuming he even wanted to fix the problem) to override the garbage comming out of the state assembly.

RE: California is full of idiots?
By Jalek on 5/13/2011 1:21:41 AM , Rating: 2
Rolling back to some earlier date always seemed the sensible thing to do. Sure, some programs might be more costly for the same service it had then, but that would have to be considered at the old service levels.

Washington State ran budget surpluses for several years.
The governor's been driving new taxes through consistently through two terms so far, and even tried raiding unemployment for more general funds since it's still running at a deficit. From a surplus to an unresolvable deficit in 20 years, obviously the state's expanded spending into new areas since even new tax areas are insufficient.

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