Monday, May 3, 2010

In a state's search for sales tax, Amazon raises privacy concerns

(NY Times) - North Carolina last month began an audit of online businesses, assuming that millions of dollars in sales taxes owed to the state had disappeared into the Internet.

"This is really an issue of fairness and equity for small businesses, the brick and mortar, corner store operations," said Kenneth R. Lay, the state's secretary of revenue. "These businesses are at a competitive disadvantage when they have to collect sales taxes that other businesses do not."

The response of one of those online businesses,, was succinct: back off. (Full story)

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