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Sales tax holiday may be over for Amazon, other e-tailers
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 13 January 2009 12:04

Things are not looking good for Amazon and other online retailers who have been avoiding collecting sales taxes from customers, and for customers who have avoided paying them.

By Jacqui Cheng | Published: January 13, 2009 - 11:50AM CT

A fairly new New York state tax law—dubbed the "Amazon Tax"—has been given the green light as a judge dismissed two lawsuits alleging that the law is unconstitutional. The judge said the law isn't unfairly targeted at certain retailers, and that online retailers who make a decent chunk of money off of New York residents should help shoulder the burden of tax collection.

It all started when New York Governor David Paterson signed a new state budget in early 2008 that would hold online retailers responsible for collecting state sales tax from residents of New York if any New York-based website earns referrals from that retailer. This meant that, while retailers like Amazon and Overstock did not previously have to collect sales tax in New York because they did not have a physical presence in the state, they would now have to begin doing so because they offer an affiliate linking system (for example, Ars sometimes uses Amazon affiliate links) that could allow New York residents to essentially "advertise" Amazon on their own sites. [ARS Technica...]    [Comments...]

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