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Overstock kills affiliate programs in 4 states, just like Amazon

Amazon isn't the only company ending its affiliate programs in a handful of US states in an effort to avoid being forced to collect sales tax in those states. The Wall Street Journal reports that Overstock.com has shut down its affiliate programs for California, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. Each of those states has either adopted or is about to adopt a law that would require online ...

Amazon kills Rhode Island affiliate program

Last week Amazon shut down its affiliate program in North Carolina. This week it's Rhode Island's turn. The Amazon Associates program allows web publishers to post links to Amazon products and earn a commission every time someone places an order after clicking those links. And a handful of states including North Carolina, Rhode Island, and New York have decided that this essentially means that ...

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 t...

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 o...

Tax-free online purchases could be a thing of the past

So you know how you don't have to pay sales tax on stuff you buy online unless you're buying it from a company that has a physical presence in your home state? Yeah, that could all be over soon. New York Governor Elliot Spitzer has pledged not to raise taxes. But he's got a budget deficit to deal with, so he's trying to find new ways to collect taxes. And his administration believes they've found ...