Amazon's tax problem

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Amazon is battling it out with California's Jerry Brown. Amazon promises to add seven thousand jobs to California's payroll if Brown looks the other way in some opportunistic way, at taxing Amazon's sales. Indeed, if you do a whois of boycottamazon.com, you'll see that Amazon's legal department has swiped that name in an early defense to contain the outrage of such moves (and any other boycott reason you'd like to choose).

Amazon has without qualm, moved its organization out of states that try to force it to charge sales tax. This removes nexus, or the ability for Amazon to be counted for purposes of sales taxation. It gives Amazon anywhere from zero to as much as ten percent savings over buying something locally — with local sales taxes added on to the bottom line of the receipt.

No one argues that Amazon needs this discount, as while it has interesting shipping programs available, Amazon doesn't have a bricks-and-mortar retail presence. The catalog of merchandise is huge at Amazon, made larger still by a large number of storefronts allied under Amazon's marketing engines. In some cases, those storefronts, where an ostensible nexus could be established, meant that the storefronts from those states had to go away —else Amazon might be sales taxed there because of the address of its actual reseller.

At this writing, Governor Brown is resisting. If you try to resist, however, by starting something like boycottamazon.com, you'll find this whois entry:

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