Amazon Says Goodbye to California and New Online Tax Law

July 1, 2011 at 10:49 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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California passed a billed yesterday that requires all out-0f-state retailers with a presence in California to collect sales tax on California sales, effective today. This also includes online referral links, such as Amazon’s Affiliate program where sites can post links to Amazon and earn money if a consumer buys the product after clicking on the link. Obviously Amazon is one of the prime targets of this bill, or at least one of the biggest online retailers that will be affected by it, but it will also include others such as Overstock.com. In response to the bill, Amazon has said the following “We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive,” and is severing it’s ties in California. According to the Los Angeles Times, Amazon is breaking away from 10,000 small business and individuals in California in retaliation to the new bill. For some small businesses Amazon is a significant source of their income and customer volume. Now that Amazon is leaving they may be forced to do the same. Continue Reading Amazon Says Goodbye to California and New Online Tax Law…

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