05 Sep '11, 5am

Should online sales be taxed? Amazon, of course, thinks not: He says he sees both sides of the argument - and no...

SAN FRANCISCO - The struggling state of California thinks it has found gold in taxing e-commerce. But that money is proving much more elusive than it seemed just a few months ago. Amazon.com, the Seattle-based retailer that is the state's chief target, is fighting back by taking directly to voters its argument that it should not be required to collect sales tax. Since people will in essence be voting on whether they pay an additional 8 or 9 per cent when they buy online, Amazon could easily triumph among voters. Infuriated state lawmakers call the move a violation of the state Constitution, and are responding with new legislation that goes after online retailers under an "urgency" clause. If they can get the new measure passed by a two-thirds vote before the end of the legislative session on Friday, it will trump Amazon's efforts toward a voter referendum. To sway a few le...

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