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[WSJ] Large Retailers Join Push for Amazon Sales Tax in US

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The Virginia-based group isn't just working for the little guys. Many of America's largest store chains—including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy Co., Home Depot Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp.—are involved in the campaign, lobbying legislators and increasingly taking public swipes at Amazon.

"The rules today don't allow brick-and-mortar retailers to compete evenly with online retailers, and that needs to be addressed,"

Amazon contends store chains are pushing the laws to siphon away its valuable business partners. "These new tax laws affecting affiliates are supported by the large national retailing chains that covet the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors," Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president of public policy, said in a statement. Amazon's affiliates include blogs and other websites that direct shoppers to Amazon's online store, and collect commissions for sales.

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You guys ready for your Internet Tax yet? It sounds like the large corporations think it's unfair to give smaller businesses an advantage by selling as an Amazon partner.

How long before this is Newegg? (Sorry CA & NJ members)
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post #2 of 88
It's going to take some really broad legislature to make the sales tax stick. If it gets implemented with Amazon, you can bet your i7's it will happen everywhere else.

It's going to be all or nothing. Either every site has to charge tax, or no sites have to charge tax.
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post #3 of 88
They're trying to take away the best part of online shopping? Crap.
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post #4 of 88
wonder if the shipping companies are lobbying one way or another? I would think their business would go down if there was such a tax, since the incentive to buy on line is less.
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post #5 of 88
Buy online while you can....I can see us having online sales tax very soon.
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Texas is facing a projected $4.3 billion deficit this fiscal year.

"In Texas we rely heavily on sales taxes, and if we don't protect ourselves from companies creatively structuring themselves to avoid tax collection, we're going to lose a lot of revenue," said the author of the Texas bill, Republican Rep. John Otto.
So since they (the states) are facing a short fall due to bad money handling by local and state government they want to take it out on online retailers?
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I'd rather they just eliminate taxes, then charge a fee for the specific services people wanted to use.
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If they instill an Internet Sales Tax, they probably need to make it nation wide and bump up an amendment or else it should be left for the individual states to decided.
 
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post #9 of 88
Goahead. I've gotten nothing but used stuff sold off as "new" from Amazon anyway cept their books. Not too fond of that place.
post #10 of 88
I think they should be required to pay sales tax. Going off of old legislation for an always-developing technology-based "etailing" economy makes no sense.

I'm no fan of paying more for products, but when it comes down to it, these days, etailers should be treated the same way as brick-and-mortar stores. Though decided how the taxes are invoked will be a bit tricky.
    
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