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June 29 2011 @ 03:30 pm
Californian's Say No to Amazon Tax  
Below is an email I received from Amazon. It seems very frustrating but I can completely understand Amazon response by just not dealing with the government. I'm also very glad to know they sent this to all Amazon CA customers. 

Not only will this law effect my referrals to Amazon Products or the occasional item I wish to sell with Amazon, but any small business in California which utilizes Amazon which includes my place of work. I think I miss understood. It doesn't prevent you from selling but according to Amazon's Seller Account Page there are problems they are dealing with. Coincidence? I doubt it.
 
Once again the government is sticking it's greedy fingers where they don't belong. Please VOTE NO on this tax bill if in California or it comes to your state. You don't even get a vote. They just do what they want. Call your representative and tell them you don't want this bill in effect. It doesn't effect the businesses. Right now it is taking away a little extra money (which I'm supposed to claim on my taxes every year anyway) in referral fees. Basically, it is me posting a link for a book, CD or movie that takes you to Amazon so you can buy the product. You buy it and Amazon would give me a few cents. Now I don't get that. How is this getting money from Amazon? They aren't stimulating the economy when you prevent them from rewarding loyalty.
 
In addtition, because Gov. Brown signed this bill, as of today (June 30, 2011) California residents are not allowed to make extra money but posting referral links on blogs and websites. How does this have anything to do with a big company?
Hello,
For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.
 
We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action.
 
As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted. In the event that the California law does not become effective before September 30, 2011, we withdraw this notice. As of the termination date, California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com , Endless.com , MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com . Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned on or before the termination date will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.
 
You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here . And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.
 
To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from Amazon.com , Endless.com , MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com .
 
We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. We are also working on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.
 
Regards,
The Amazon Associates Team
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