Amazon, Overstock Lose Challenge to N.Y. Web Sales Tax
March 28, 2013

Amazon.com Inc., the world's biggest online retailer, and discount Internet seller Overstock.com Inc. lost a challenge to New York's Internet sales tax law as the state's highest court rejected their arguments that it was unconstitutional.

Amazon, based in Seattle, and Overstock, based in Salt Lake City, sued the state's Department of Taxation and Finance separately in 2008, seeking to overturn a law requiring retailers to pay taxes if they solicit business in New York through a link to a website.

The companies argued that the law violated the Commerce Clause

Snyder Urges Congress to Let Michigan Collect Sales Tax on Online Purchases
May 11, 2012

Gov. Rick Snyder wants Congress to level the playing field for businesses competing with online retail giants by enabling Michigan to collect its 6 percent sales tax on all Internet transactions. The Republican governor's first public statement on the complicated issue comes as state legislation remains stalled because some GOP House members want to duck election year tax votes.

Instead of passing a state law that could be subjected to a costly court challenge, Snyder and House Speaker Jase Bolger want the deeply divided partisan Congress to authorize states to collect taxes

Internet Sales Tax Fight Returns to Congress
November 30, 2011

eBay is preparing to amplify its attack on a proposed law that would usher in sales taxes on Internet shopping, CNET has learned.

The online auctioneer plans to tell a congressional panel considering the legislation tomorrow that the measure would merely consolidate the market power of Amazon.com and the largest big box retailers while putting eBay's small sellers out of business.

In fact, says Tod Cohen, eBay's deputy general counsel, online retailers with less than $10 million in sales--eBay sellers, in other words--have seen their share of electronic commerce fall from 31 percent in 2008 to 19 percent in 2010.

eBay Prepares for New Fight Over Internet Sales Taxes
November 3, 2011

eBay is preparing to battle an Internet sales tax proposal targeting small businesses that do even $1 of online sales a year.

The San Jose, Calif.-based auction site is alarmed by forthcoming legislation, reported yesterday by CNET, that would allow states to require taxes to be collected from even very small out-of-state Internet retailers--some of eBay's best customers, in other words.

While similar tax proposals have circulated for years, earlier versions exempted small sellers with less than $5 million in revenue. Then the exemption dropped to $1 million. Now the proposed cutoff in a draft bill from Republican Sens.

Online Retailers Strike Back at New Tax
June 30, 2011

Reacting swiftly to an online sales tax signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, Amazon.com and Overstock.com announced they are severing their relationships with California affiliates to avoid having to collect the tax. Under federal law, states can require online retailers to collect sales taxes only if the seller has a physical presence in the state. California law requires residents to pay taxes on all online purchases, but many consumers don't, giving Amazon and other online retailers that don't collect the sales taxes an advantage over big-box retailers and other brick-and-mortar stores. The new law allows the state's

Calif. Lawmakers OK Online Sales Tax
June 16, 2011

One of the more intriguing pieces of the last-minute budget approved by California legislators Wednesday is an online sales tax, a controversial and previously failed effort to tax purchases from online retailers like Amazon.com and Overstock.com. Its sponsors say the tax would bring in an estimated $200 million a year, a relative drop in the bucket but still a tantalizing chunk of change for a state whose finances are in utter turmoil. For consumers, it would mean they can't avoid sales tax by buying online. The proposed tax, which has been sought several times before in California and rejected,

To Cell or Not to Sell
April 1, 2011

A few months back, Richard Glikes asked the board of the Home Technology Specialists of America for the okay to develop a program that would enable members to sell smartphones and other network-enabled wireless devices, such as tablets.

His reasoning was based on the obvious: The products are extremely popular, especially with younger demographics, and they interact with home A/V and control systems. “You can argue both sides,” Glikes said. “One school of thought is ‘stick to your core business.’ The other is ‘go where the action is.’ If you are the technology leaders, you need to have the latest technology.” But the HTSA board’s answer to Glikes came back a unanimous “no.”

Are Amazon.com's Days Of Tax Free Selling Numbered?
February 28, 2011

Are Amazon.com’s days as a haven for sales-tax shirking shoppers numbered? Retail analyst David Strasser, a managing director at Janney Montgomery Scott, suggests that they could be.  "There’s a lot of momentum building,’’ he said Friday.  "(Amazon founder) Jeff Bezos has built a company strategically around avoiding sales tax. But they’re going to have to deal with this," he added. Wait a minute. Hasn’t Amazon successfully fended off pesky state tax collectors for 16 glorious years?  Yes, but the battle has entered a new stage as Amazon builds warehouse/fulfillment centers in more locations, states grow hungrier for revenue

CyberMonday.com Site Redesigned With New Search Features
November 20, 2008

With the understanding that shoppers will be using the Web more than ever this holiday season to compare prices and look for gift ideas, Shop.org has redesigned its shopping website, www.CyberMonday.com, with new features that help consumers find the best holiday deals.