Amazon.com Ends Commission Program In NC

Amazon.com has pulled the plug on commissions for North Carolina Web sites that make referrals to the online retailer because a new tax could soon be enacted.

Seattle-based Amazon said it wrote to Web site operators, telling them the commission program will end after Friday.

Web sites that post links to the company about its products have received up to a 15% cut on sales.

But the Legislature is considering a way to collect sales taxes on these so-called “click-through” transactions.

Amazon spokeswoman Patty Smith said the company believes the tax collection would be unconstitutional and decided to end the commissions because the change in the law could occur any day now.

House and Senate negotiators are still working on a final tax plan.


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  • by USA Location: Columbia SC on Feb 15, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    One way to control people and take their money is through the government system. This is the only legal way to do it in the USA. People are so busy with their daily routines that they are not speaking out until it's too late. We elected takers into office instead of makers. Working people will suffer. A american dream is gone for the avarage working guys and the poor with all these stupid laws that keep people poor. More companies will leave and more jobs will be loss just because of few crazy people want to run the system. my two cents.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 29, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    RealityCheck, they were either noshow or sosos. They did not research, voted democratic straight ticket and now upset about all the new taxes coming their way. This one is another example. Until they control "spending" not taxing, will they understand how they will wreck this state. So Amazon is first...next and next. Then the federal government that is pushing this climate change garbage will increase everyones energy payout by around $144 per month? Not to mention the services taxes...what happened to taxes only on the rich. Well, you were snowed. The poor are paying more for smokes, gas, now a new energy that will be for your house, beer, services, (haircutts and service stations) and eventually healthcare. Yep, coming compliments of the chosen one and his disciples. Wow, did you screw yourself. What were you thinking?
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Jun 26, 2009 at 08:00 PM
    I hope every NC business that incurs new taxes from Bev & the NC Legislature breaks camp and severs economic ties with this State. I've heard they are going to start taxing services such as haircuts. In Germany, in addition to paying property tax on the size of your land, you must pay tax on the amount of rain water that falls on your property. It won't be long before we'll be there. Where were the intelligent people last November?
  • by elvislovesamazons on Jun 26, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    I agree with "justsayno". It is illegal forthe state of NC to tax the internet. The Federal government has declared it to be so. That, by the way, is only about one of the two good laws that those hot air balloons have passed in the last 30 years.
  • by Just say no Location: somewhere in NC on Jun 26, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    The general assembly needs to drop this idea. It's obvious, Amazon will not be bullied into collecting sales taxes on North Carolina sales.(they dropped the affiliates so they wouldn't have to) If the general assembly passes this, the state of North Carolina will lose the income tax that the affiliates would have paid had they been allowed to remain Amazon affiliates. I read that an Amazon affiliate living in NC was actually going to have to move to another state so they would not lose their income. How much income tax will North Carolina receive from this person?
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