“Amazon Tax” Battle Moves From Sacramento To Washington
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The battle over what’s been called the “Amazon Tax” is moving from Sacramento to Washington, DC.
A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress Wednesday would allow states to require online retailers like Amazon.com to collect online sales tax on out-of-state purchases.
Several California small business owners visited Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the bill, including Anne Mery from San Diego.
“So it kind of takes what California did and expands it across the country, but it’s on a state by state, it’s just giving some federal guidelines to it. Each state would make their own determination of how to enforce this," said Mery.
The Congressional bill comes just weeks after California Governor Jerry Brown signed a compromise between Amazon and brick-and-mortar stores. The California deal will require online retailers to collect state sales tax starting late next year if there’s no federal solution.