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Amazon.com California sales tax loopholeThere were plenty of holiday deals to be found this weekend for San Franciscans shopping for a 4th of July bargain. Those who shopped online for deals probably found something else new to go along with their sale item: sales tax – unless they were shopping on Amazon.com.

On Friday, Governor Brown signed an important online sales tax bill into law that makes companies conducting online sales in California pay state sales taxes. While no one likes the idea of more taxes, those of us who care about more revenue for our struggling state coffers should support this new law and demand that corporations that want our money support it as well.

But Amazon.com, a long-time force in the online sales market, announced they don’t plan to play by the new rules.

Andrew Ross wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that if you bought an item on Amazon.com in California this weekend, you still were not charged California state sales tax. While that could mean some small savings for shoppers, it means significant losses for the state of California when you take into consideration the hundreds of thousands of sales transactions on Amazon.com every year in our state.

As Phil Ting has said, “We all love shopping online, but in these hard economic times everyone needs to pay their fare share, especially since Sacramento has drastically cut state spending in order to close a $26 billion budget gap.”

At Reset San Francisco, we say no. If Amazon.com doesn’t want to help out California, Californians shouldn’t want to help out Amazon.com.

This common sense tax could be a huge help to Californians and we should hold Amazon.com accountable for its actions by boycotting online sales with the company until it starts paying its fair share to California.

Join us in telling Amazon.com that if they don’t want to help California, California doesn’t want to help them.

Sign our petition and tell Amazon.com it is Amazon.wrong!

 

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Bernadette's picture

Amazon.com's Response to New CA Sales Tax Policy

I think that this is a very sticky situation because there are so many perspectives to view this through.

I can easily see that Amazon.com's business model is greatly hurt by this new legislation. Aside from the convenience of getting your purchases dropped off at your doorstep, shoppers also saw Amazon.com as a way to save money through the lack of sales tax -- although this was at most times somewhat replaced by the shipping costs. With sales taxes for online purchases put into effect, Amazon.com mostly has to focus on its convenience factor to differentiate it as a business now.

From a consumer stand-point, I see that I'll have to pay a slightly higher price for each online purchase I make now while maintaining the convenience that online shopping provides.

However, from a Californian and a San Franciscan standpoint, I see this as a way to let my purchases help the state fix its budget, which then comes back to help me out by providing more money for more services such as better public transportation.

What I hope to see, though, is this increase in revenue alongside more transparency in government spending, better budgeting, and more accountability for our tax dollars.

Noah Rosen's picture

Everybody has to sacrifice

Everybody has to sacrifice something for the common good (http://thecommongood.net/)

 

Sales tax is a small price to pay for a higher functioning California

 

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