Amazon has filed a petition for a referendum to allow voters in California to vote on whether they want to have the company pay sales tax in their state.
This in response to a new law recently passed in the state which requires online retailers to collect sales tax on sales in California.
Hanging in the balance are thousands of affiliates in the state who earn a living by displaying Amazon ads on their sites. Amazon has cancelled their ability to be affiliates as a result of the new California law and now residents of the sunshine state have to decide if they prefer to have the company collect sales tax on their state’s behalf or continue having paid affiliates in their state.
It really boils down to more jobs or more taxes – and as is generally the case, more of the latter kills the former.