"That trumps everything. As parents, my wife and I stress to the boys that honesty is the No. 1 virtue. Breaking promises for personal gain is the definition of dishonesty. "
" If TN keeps pressing this, then Amazon will just pack their bags head for another state. "
What other state? They can't go to Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, and probably Missouri... and they built a big warehouse in Georgia 10 years ago and ended up closing it down 2 years later.
Personally I think there should be a 1-2% warehouse to home sales tax for companies that have nexus in Tennessee.
This should never happen: Barnes & Noble's $259 Nook costs more than Amazon's $279 Kindle. Why? Tax.
See also: Amazon.com Accuses Barnes & Noble of Tax Avoidance(not charging sales tax when they have brick and mortar stores)
BTW, another very popular online retailer is newegg.com... and they charge sales tax for Tennessee customers. Will they be getting the amazon deal too? Should all the newegg customers who had paid the sales tax get a rebate?
"Do you think Amazon should have to pay sales tax in Tennessee?"
The Feds really should fix this but until they do there should be a lower sales tax rate for companies with nexus in Tennessee who ship products directly to the customer's home.
This should not ever happen...
Barnes & Noble's $259 Nook costs more than Amazon's $279 Kindle. Why? Tax.
"The U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear states cannot collect sales taxes from Internet-based companies"
That is a lie... Amazon collects sales taxes in 5 states where they have nexus.
" It sounds like the legislators are only interested in making their constituents pay. If anything here sounds unfair, this is it. "
By your reasoning all taxes are unfair...
"So Walmart is complaining about unfair business practices are they?"
Do you honestly think it's just Walmart that has a problem with Amazon? Keep dreaming...
Here's an article from 1997 where Amazon pressed Barnes & Noble to charge sales tax on their website because they have brick and mortar stores... the incentives involved here are perverse... B&N actually contributes to the communities they are built in and Amazon gets to dominate by avoiding taxes.
People need to stand up to Amazon before it's too late... the federal government should fix the sales tax problem so give Amazon the sales tax exemption... but take away the rest of their incentives.
joepulitzer, Amazon can't run forever... why didn't you mention Kentucky? I know why, they already pay sales tax there... they can't run to North Carolina... or South Carolina... or Arkansas... and probably not Missouri in the near future... why are you so intent to playing "race to the bottom"?
BTW IIRC, Amazon built a huge facility in Georgia in 1999 and then closed it down 2 years later...
I'm OK with letting Amazon not collect sales tax... in fact I prefer it that way... but every last one of their other incentives should be taken away in return.
Amazon has no other place to run... don't believe their blustering about running away, they are desperate. Just look at all the states that are starting to flip them off(Not just SC and Texas). They need to be taught a lesson about doing tax dodging economic development deals with lame duck governors.
That being said, I'm opposed to an internet sales tax, but they must be forced to compete fairly in other ways...