Tennessee freeze on new rules may affect Amazon

photo Amazon.com warehouse in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

NASHVILLE - A proposed Tennessee Revenue Department rule change that would apparently impact online retailer Amazon is in limbo - a victim of Gov. Bill Haslam's 45-day freeze on pending rules and regulations.

Revenue officials, citing rules that shroud most of their actions behind a wall of secrecy, said they cannot say the proposed rule would affect Amazon - let alone whether it impacts the company's plans to invest $137 million in two 1 million-foot distribution centers in Hamilton and Bradley County.

The company intends to hire 1,400 full-time employees to run the centers.

Amazon currently refuses to collect sales taxes for books, music and devices it sells in many states including Tennessee, arguing it has no physical presence that would require it to do so.