The issue could have big implications for Amazon’s business.
And, for those trying to keep up with the dispute, TheStreet.com has assembled a helpful map which breaks down the issue on a state-by-state basis.
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos addressed the sales tax issue at last week’s shareholders’ meeting in Seattle, telling investors that the company supports federal legislation on the matter.
“There is an initiative called the simplified sales tax initiative. 22 states have already signed on,” said Bezos. “That legislation needs to get passed. I believe that will happen in the time frame that you laid out. I hope it happens much sooner than that.”
Washington is one of five states where Amazon already collects sales tax. (Others include North Dakota, Kansas, Kentucky and New York).
One key battleground state to watch will be California, which approved a bill last month that could institute a sales tax on online retailers operating in the state.
Meanwhile, Bezos noted at the shareholders’ meeting that the company already collects sales tax (or the equivalent) in more than half of the geographies where it operates.