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Court: New York can tax Amazon, other online purchases

It looks like the era of tax-free purchases from web based stores could be coming to an end. A while back, the state of New York decided it could raise a bit of much-needed revenue by collecting tax from online retailers. Generally states can only collect taxes if those retailers have a bricks and mortar presence in the region. But New York figured out an interesting way around that - it decided...

New York state may begin taxing music downloads

New York, the state that brought us taxes on items bought over the internet is at it again. This time governor David Paterson is considering a 4% tax on music and other digital media downloads. To be fair, times are tight and Paterson is also proposing raising taxes on soda, cable and satellite TV, gas, cigars, beer, and movie and sports tickets in order to balance the state budget. But at a...

Amazon to collect taxes in NY while fighting NY in court

While Amazon plans to fight New York's recent decision to start collecting, the company has updated its tax collection page to let NY customers know that it will begin collecting tax on June 1st. The state of New York recently passed legislation which requires any company with affiliates in the state to collect taxes on any items sold in New York. That covers companies like Amazon which allow...

Overstock.com to NY: No tax dollars for you!

The state of New York recently adopted a law that requires online retailers to collect taxes for items sold in New York if they have affiliates based in the state. That might sound like a reasonable request if New York shopping malls were littered with Amazon and Overstock.com kiosks. But the affiliates the law refers to are web publishers and bloggers in NY who happen to post links to stores...

New York to begin charging sales tax for online purchases

You know how if you live in most states in the US you don't have to pay sales tax on items purchased online? Yeah, that's about to change for about 19 million residents of New York State. Legislators have approved a bill that requires large online stores to collect sales tax for anything shipped to New York. Technically, the tax isn't new. Consumers were supposed to be reporting these purchases...

Can you create a successful internet startup in 3 days?

Some internet startups take months or years of planning. Others can be put together in just a matter of days with a good idea and a little pluck. In July a group of 70 people got together in Boulder, Colorado to vote on ideas that had been proposed. Over the course of a single weekend, they chose an idea and created Vosnap, an online polling tool. This weekend, 120+ people have signed up for a...

AOL HQ moving to New York, business model moving to advertising

There's big news from AOL today. This blog's parent company is moving its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York City as part of a new advertising-based business model. Over the last few years AOL has been making the transition from a company that was primarily a internet service provider to one that provides content and access to online services like e-mail and instant...