Internet Sales Taxes: Coming Soon to a Webtailer Near You
This is a pretty smart blog item about the ridiculous position taken by outfits like Amazon.com regarding sales tax: that it's too tough to figure out what to charge, and how.
Of special note: Amazon runs Target's ecommerce site already, which has to charge sales tax because it's got physical operations in every state.
In other words, Amazon is claiming ignorance and crying Wolf "the death of e-commerce" simply to keep an unfair tax advantage it doesn't really deserve anyway. (I'm no fan of sales tax, but it makes zero sense that my local guy has to collect it, thus charge it, while Amazon can slither away without charging it, and thus has a built-in cost advantage...)
NFLX CEO chimes in at the end to say that this tax collection process is easy, and there are already providers who take care of the math.
Look for taxes to come to all Internet sales some time soon.