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Study: Sales tax cuts into Amazon’s sales, as consumers look to other online retailers

Laws that require online retailers to collect local sales tax are hitting Amazon particularly hard, according to a new study by researchers at Ohio State University. Amazon’s sales in states where it collected sales tax decreased about 10 percent, compared to states that don’t require tax collection. In turn, brick-and-mortar retailers in those states saw a 2… Read More

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Californians hurry up and shop, shop, shop ahead of Amazon.com tax deadline

There’s a bit of an e-commerce gold rush going down in California, where Amazon.com customers are scrambling to squeeze in some last-minute shopping before they have to start paying sales tax on Sept. 15. As The Los Angeles Times reports, the company won’t confirm whether sales in California have jumped in recent weeks. But social media… Read More

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Amazon vs. eBay: Opposing views on sales tax legislation

An Amazon.com executive today told Congress that the company supports federal legislation providing a constitutional framework for states to collect taxes on online retailers — including those based out of state. However, the Seattle company cautioned against allowing too many of its smaller rivals to avoid the tax. Amazon says it supports the Marketplace Fairness Act introduced… Read More