Retailers: undo Amazon deal

November 26th, 2012 at 11:47 am by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Indiana retailers are pushing for changes in a deal made between the state and Amazon.com that calls for no sales taxes to be charged on online transactions until January of 2014.

The Indiana Merchants for Tax Fairness are supporting a bill that would impose sales taxes on Amazon and other online merchants starting in July of next year.  “Retailers don’t mind competition in the marketplace,” says Grant Monahan of the Indiana Retail Council, “in fact, they thrive on it, but they need competition on a level playing field.”

The bill has bi-partisan support in the General Assembly.  A recent study showed that online merchants avoid at least $75 million a year in Indiana taxes.  “We, every month, collect and pay our sales taxes,” says Jeff Kinney, owner of Kinney Dancewear, “and I believe that every retailer in the state, whether it be on the Internet or brick and mortar stores should do the same.”

Amazon has recently made deals with four states that call for sales tax collections prior to 2014,

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One Response to “Retailers: undo Amazon deal”

  1. Tricia Meyer says:

    Do Indiana retailers realize that online retailers cannot be required to collect Indiana taxes if they do not have a location in Indiana? That would violate the U.S. Constitution (per Bellas Hess v. Illinois and Quill Corp. v. North Dakota). Amazon is one issue because of their distribution centers. But other online retailers are a completely different issue. Illinois tried this and the state ended up getting sued in federal court (and lost). Indiana retailers may be arguing for a “level playing field” but legislation of this type has backfired in other states and is not the solution.