Online Retailers Battle to Avoid Sales Tax

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The online retailer Amazon is getting into the ballot initiative business. The company is pushing for a referendum in California that would eliminate sales tax for online retailers that have a limited physical presence in the state.

What are the stakes for Amazon?  And what do retailers that compete against Amazon — like Walmart and Target, who do have a physical presence in the state — think about the idea?

Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times, explains how this state law in would work and how it might affect other states.

Produced by:

Jen Poyant


Louise Story

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