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Amazon is Back in Business

Amazon is Back in Business
Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven. All rights reserved.

As you may remember the Governor of California and the state legislature caused to terminate its advertising with websites like mine based in California.  

For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state."

The story has a part two.  This letter was emailed from Amazon...


As you may have heard, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation repealing the law that had forced us to terminate our California Associates. We are pleased to invite all California Associates whose accounts were closed due to the prior legislation to re-enroll in the Associates Program."

The story has yet another update.

The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on June 21, 2018 in SOUTH DAKOTA v. WAYFAIR, INC., ET AL.  “The physical presence rule as defined and enforced in Bellas Hess and Quill is not just a technical legal problem—it is an extraordinary imposition by the Judiciary on States’ authority to collect taxes and perform critical public functions.”  This ruling clears the way for online retailers to be taxed in states where they do not have a brick-and-mortar presence. 

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