Amazon Gets Approval For Internet Sales Tax Referendum

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Inc. said the California Attorney General’s Office has approved its petition for a referendum that would let voters decide whether to overturn a new law that forces online retailers to collect sales taxes in the state.

The law makes online retailers collect California sales taxes by expanding what it means to have a physical presence in the state. The requirement now kicks in if an online retailer has a related company, such as a marketing arm, or affiliates in California.

The law is projected to help California collect an additional $200 million annually. Amazon says its referendum aims to support jobs and investment in the state.

To bring its measure before Californians in the next statewide vote in February, Seattle-based Amazon must gather over 500,000 signatures by late September.

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  • Marty

    The plan for an Internet sales tax was stupid anyway. There are other ways to fix California’s economy, like legalizing production on industrial hemp. The reason for the ban is meaningless and trivial.

  • Dee Tran

    I will be one of 500,000 people who sign for this referendum , and also ask for anyone I know to do it . Stop California Government to rip off our money in order to spend on unneccessory things such .

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