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Amazon Sales Tax: The Battle, State by State


Oklahoma is seeking online businesses to collect and remit sales tax. Currently, online companies without a physical location in the state are exempt for sales tax collection.


Indiana retailers are pressuring lawmakers to require Amazon to start collecting sales tax as a way to level the playing field. Best Buy and hhgregg were among the companies that spoke out on the issue.

Amazon has four warehouses in Indiana, but made an agreement with Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration several years ago that the state would not seek sales taxes.


Florida is looking to tax online sales.

The state's Chamber of Commerce said in October that it will make enforcing sales tax on Internet purchases a priority for the annual legislative session in early 2012.

Currently, Florida exempts online merchants from sales tax as long as the merchant has no physical presence in the state.

The goal is to level the playing field for small businesses with brick-and-mortar stores.

Connecticut is pressing Amazon to collect sales taxes in the state.

While the state approved a measure for e-commerce companies to tax purchases made online, Amazon has made no indication that it will concede to the regulation.

Connecticut is pressuring Amazon to pay taxes the state believes it should have collected during the period when the new law was in effect and Amazon still maintained affiliations with Web sites in Connecticut through its Amazon Associates Program. Amazon severed those relationships in June, while the law went into effect in May.

The e-commerce giant sent a note to members of the Amazon Associates Program on June 10: "We opposed this new tax law because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It was supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside Connecticut, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action."
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