I do over half of my shopping on Amazon.com. I don’t pay tax and most of the time, I get the goods delivered to my cubicle in two days. Shopping couldn’t be any easier.
But all of this is at the expense of my poor, debt-ridden state of California. Amazon had refused and challenged laws to pay taxes. That’s hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue California has been missing out on because of loopholes Amazon found in the system. If you had asked me, I would have gladly paid my fair share of taxes!
I was actually overjoyed to hear that Amazon would drop its lawsuit to overturn California’s new law mandating tax collection on internet retailers, in return for a year of safe harbor. Finally! Stop your griping, Amazon, and contribute to society–to your customers and their home states!
When the mandate goes into effect next July, I’ll be pleased to see that extra tax line item in my checkout.