Widespread Amazon and Internet Taxes Coming Soon
Amazon taxes are not new taxes. They merely address who is responsible for collecting tax that's always been due on tangible personal property sales. Most states-45-have sales tax. If you buy online and have items shipped into one of those states you are liable for use tax, the mirror image of sales tax.
Since use tax is tough to collect, the battle is over getting online merchants to collect it. Soon we'll all be paying it. In California, Amazon's compromise exempts online retailers from collecting California sales or use tax until September