Politics

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
affiliates, california, sales tax, taxes

Companies:
amazon, overstock



California Promises No Sales Tax Due To Affiliates To Keep Amazon/Overstock Affiliates Happy

from the someone's-been-watching dept

In the last few weeks we've seen companies like Amazon drop affiliates in a bunch of different states, due to proposals in cash-strapped state legislatures to force the online retailers to collect sales tax even if there are only affiliates in that state. Apparently, California politicians put forth a similar proposal, and following threats from Overstock to drop its local affiliates, Governor Schwarzenegger has promised that no such bill will pass (thanks Eric Goldman). It seems that the willingness for these online retailers to cut off affiliates (and the anger that creates among those affiliates) caught the attention of at least someone with power in California.

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    BigFN-J (profile), 7 Jul 2009 @ 11:00am

    Its nice to see someone like Arnold in California recognize that insane taxation drives business away. It is also nice that Amazon is not scared of taxation legislation and is large enough to just "drop" affiliates that will be a hassle and put a damper in political grabs for "free" money.

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