Print Page   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In
News & Press: Arizona Business News Updates

Congress to take up Internet sales tax issue plaguing Amazon

Friday, July 29, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Donna Davis, Chief Executive Officer
Share |

Congress to take up Internet sales tax issue plaguing Amazon

Aislyn Greene on Friday, July 29, 2011, 1:58pm PDT

It looks like Amazon's dispute with states over collecting sales tax on online purchases will be taken up by Congress.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is expected to introduce a bill that would allow states to require all retailers, including online stores and brick-and-mortar retailers, to collect sales tax, reports Politico.

The bill is called the Main Street Fairness Act and is co-sponsored by Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). A similar bill is expected to be introduced in the House by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

The action comes on the heels of Amazon's recent refusal to comply with a California law that required online retailers to collect sales tax. After the bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, the online retail giant cut ties with 10,000 affiliates in the state.

Amazon's battle with states over sales tax has heated up in recent years. Cash-strapped state governments have continued to pass legislation requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes, legislation that Amazon has fiercely resisted. In response, the retailer has cut ties with all affiliates in Connecticut, Illinois and Arkansas. It's currently collecting sales tax in New York, but has challenged the state law as unconstitutional.

In California, Amazon is now backing a referendum to overturn the law.
However, in spite of its heated squabbles with state governments, Amazon is expected to back the bill. According to the L.A. Times, the retailer wrote to Durbin and Conyers on Friday, saying it would support a national effort to create "a simple, nationwide system of state and local sales-tax collection, evenhandedly applied to all sellers, no matter their business model, location or level of remote sales."

Affordable Dental Plans for ASBA Members

Delta Dental

Your smile deserves Delta Dental, the nation’s leading dental benefits provider. With the largest network of dentists, personalized service & special pricing for ASBA members, we make it easy to keep your smile healthy.

LEARN MORE

Save up to 25% off regular rates.

Constant Contact

Save up to 25% off regular rates as an ASBA member. No obligation 60 day trial with one-on-one coaching and support to help get you started!

LEARN MORE

Think BIG, with UPS.

 

UPS

 Whether your business is high tech or handmade, our expert-designed products and services can make your small business run more efficiently. Our solutions were created with the specific needs of small businesses in mind.

LEARN MORE

RSVP

Experience ASBA

REGISTER

Date: Held monthly
Time: Click for times based on location
Location: Phoenix or Tucson

RSVP

ASBA Speed Networking

REGISTER

Date: Held monthly
Time: Click for times based on location
Location: Phoenix or Tucson

Have Questions on Health Insurance?

Health Insurance

Do you have questions on plans for Individual, sole proprietor, or group? We can get the answers needed to make sure you find the right plan for you and your employees.

LEARN MORE

CopperPoint...at work for you

CopperPoint

CopperPoint delivers peace of mind to Arizona employers and their employees. We are the state's premier provider of workers compensation insurance, serving Arizona businesses, small and large, since 1925.

LEARN MORE

Speakers Form

Speakers Form

ASBA is on the cutting-edge of what is happening right now in the business community. We are looking for dynamic speakers to present inspiring and relevant content at future events. If you or someone you know is experienced capturing a crowd and delivering insightful information on sales, marketing, HR, finances, or other topics we invite you to share your knowledge and apply today. We are your partner in business.

APPLY TODAY

Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal