Last updated: June 9, 2011 - 8:45am
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos left little doubt that the company will stand its ground against efforts in many states to require the Internet giant to charge sales taxes on their behalf.
"We think our position is a good one," Bezos said at Amazon's annual shareholder meeting in downtown Seattle. "And we'll stick with that." Bezos also downplayed the possible threat to Amazon's edge against traditional stores if it's forced to collect sales taxes in more states. He noted that Amazon already does at least half of its business in places where it collects sales taxes or something similar, such as Europe's value-added tax. Amazon long has argued that requiring Internet retailers to navigate the varied rules and rates of more than 7,500 local taxing jurisdictions would be too burdensome. Bezos reiterated his support of federal efforts to minimize the many differences among states on sales-tax collection from Internet retailers.
Asked by one shareholder to look ahead 10 years, Bezos said, "I believe we'll have the simplified sales-tax initiative passed." "I hope it might happen much sooner than that," he added. "It's the right thing to do, and I think it would be great for Amazon."
- Amazon Faces Taxing Times
- Amazon looks for sales-tax windfall from warehouses in 2 California cities
- Amazon Battles States Over Sales Tax
- Amazon's shameful California tax dodge
- Why Amazon Supports An Online Sales-Tax Bill
- Amazon's Tax Dodge
- Amazon offers to serve as tax collector — for a price
- New move to get Amazon to pay Illinois sales taxes
- The Sales-Tax Effect on Amazon: Nada
- Jeff Bezos: ‘Even Well-Meaning Gatekeepers Slow Innovation’
- Online marketers hit hard by California's new online-sales tax
- No more games: Amazon admits it needs content sales for Kindles to fly
- Hardcovers fall behind Kindle book sales at Amazon
- Amazon sales-tax issue taken up by Congress
- Amazon May End Up Sharing California Tax