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Report: People Buy Less From Amazon In Online Tax States

Report: People Buy Less From Amazon In Online Tax States

By Chris Crum April 22, 2014

Researchers from Ohio State have published a paper on the “Amazon Tax,” saying that “only Amazon.com has been affected”. A bunch of states have implemented laws that that demand sales tax on online purchases. Items sold by Amazon and shipped …

Will The Online Sales Tax Bill Survive The House? Will The Online Sales Tax Bill Survive The House?
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The Marketplace Fairness Act – a bill that forces online businesses to collect sales tax from all 50 states – is fairly controversial. Some fear that it will put an undue burden on small businesses. It’s a legitimate concern, but …

John Boehner Comes Out Against Online Sales Tax Bill John Boehner Comes Out Against Online Sales Tax Bill
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The Marketplace Fairness Act – a bill that would require online businesses to collect sales tax for every state – made it through the Senate this week. Now it has to make its way through the House where many expect …

Senate Votes In Favor Of Online Sales Tax Bill Senate Votes In Favor Of Online Sales Tax Bill

The Marketplace Fairness Act – a piece of legislation that will force online businesses to collect state sales tax regardless of their physical location – was set to go before the Senate for a final vote last night. It was …

Online Sales Tax Bill Moves Forward In Senate Online Sales Tax Bill Moves Forward In Senate
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The Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would force online retailers to collect sales tax regardless of its physical location, has gained quite a bit of support in recent days. The Senate and White House are united in passing a …

Should The U.S. Pass Online Sales Tax Legislation? Should The U.S. Pass Online Sales Tax Legislation?
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Update: It passed. Currently in the U.S., state governments are only obligated to collect sales taxes from online retailers that are based in their own states. If an online sales tax bill makes it to law, states could collect from …

Amazon Will Eventually Pay Online Sales Tax, Says Analyst Amazon Will Eventually Pay Online Sales Tax, Says Analyst
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It has been an interesting few weeks for retailers, both online and offline, in the state of California due to the new law requiring online retailers to pay taxes on their affiliate advertising. In response, ecommerce sites such as Amazon and Overstock shut down their affiliate programs in the state, which did not go over very well.

Amazon Attempts Sales Tax Workaround in Texas Amazon Attempts Sales Tax Workaround in Texas
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The debate regarding the way Amazon.com does its online business has been going on for some time now. The major point of contention has been the fact that for years, Amazon has been able to sell and ship goods across …

NetChoice Voices Opposition To Online Retail Tax

Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) introduced today a bipartisan resolution to protect online out-of-state sellers from having to collect taxes in states where they have no physical presence.

The resolution (H.R. 1570) "Supporting the Preservation of Internet Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses," says that Congress should not impose unfair tax collection burdens that would hurt the U.S. economy and consumers.

Overstock Dumps NY Affiliates Over Sales Tax
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While Amazon plans to fight New York’s new law that requires it to collect sales tax on online purchases, Overstock chose to kick out its New York affiliates to avoid that collection duty.

Amazon And New York’s Battle On Sales Tax

For years I have been paying sales tax (VAT) on purchases I make online through services such as Clickbank. It is inconvenient but it is much easier for Clickbank to work this way then to have to monitor the location of a seller and buyer.

The general rule in the US, as far as I can determine is that if you have a business presence in a state, you have to pay tax there. This applies if you own your own servers in the sate, or if you have employees.

Spitzer, Amazon.com At Odds Over Sales Tax
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New York Governor Eliot Spitzer wants all online retailers to collect tax on New York sales, even if the retailer is not based in the state.

Amazon Says No To New York State Tax

Amazon.com along with other online retailers may be required to collect sales tax in New York State if a proposal by Governor Eliot Spitzer is adopted. Amazon is opposed to such a plan.

Residents currently are on an honor system when it comes to reporting Internet purchases and paying taxes on those items. Online retailers with a brick-and-mortar presence in the state are required to collect sales tax at the time of the transaction.