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Amazon Sales Tax: The Battle, State by State


Colorado lawmakers approved, by an overwhelming majority, to revamp its "Amazon tax" in the hopes of wooing back the e-commerce giant. But the Senate dropped the issue by postponing the bill right before the legislative session ended.

Last year, former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter, signed a law requiring retailers who don't collect state sales tax to send their customers an annual notice of how much tax the customers should pay Colorado. It also demanded retailers provide the state with a list of customers.

Amazon cut ties with more than 4,000 Colorado affiliates in March 2010 in response to the law.

South Carolina

Amazon posted job openings for a South Carolina facility after the state passed a bill that gives the company a tax exemption.

The warehouse in Lexington County is expected to open this fall. Amazon had previously suspended development on the site in April when the House previously voted against awarding Amazon a tax ememption.

The new law requires Amazon to notify customers that they're responsible for paying sales tax that the company doesn't collect, back to the House. Amazon would begin collecting the tax in January 2016.

In exchange for the exemption, Amazon is required to create 2,000 jobs in the state and a $125 million investment.


Nevada could be the next state at risk of losing ties with Amazon, after a business group launched a $50,000 campaign to change a tax law.

The group of hotel-casinos and small business is looking to make it mandatory for e-commerce companies to collect sales tax when it sells goods in the state.

The coalition said the law wouldn't impose additional taxes but would change the way the taxes are collected. Under the current law, Amazon is not required to collect the sales tax in Nevada, but its customers must fill out tax forms regarding their purchases and send payments to government.
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