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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Amazon Wants to Take Its Fight Against Collecting Sales Taxes to the Supreme Court

Posted by Paul Constant on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Says Jeff Blagdon at The Verge:

More than a year after Amazon began collecting sales tax on sales in states like Texas and California, it’s mounting a legal offensive against a requirement to do the same thing in New York, taking its argument to the US Supreme Court. And the Financial Times writes that the company has hired one of Washington’s biggest lawyers, Ted Olson, to lead the charge. The company filed a petition late last week asking the court to rule on the New York tax department’s requirement that Amazon collect tax from its customers in the state.

How is it Mitt Romney can be pretty much universally reviled for hiding his money from taxes, but Amazon fights as hard as it can across the country against fighting taxes and it's one of the most beloved companies on the internet*? Here's what Amazon is fighting against: Funding for schools, roads, parks, libraries, public transportation, fire fighters, police, and all the other programs people take for granted. What a brave, good company they are, fighting as hard as they can to not support those things.

* That's a rhetorical question. I already know the answer: People love cheap shit, and they will fight and justify almost anything for their right to it.

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