Amazon Threatens to Kill the Affiliate Program in Illinois in Response to Proposed Tax Bill

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someuid

Amazon pays something like a 4% corporate tax rate.  Poo Hoo.  Pay up Amazon, just like the rest of us have to.

http://thetruthaboutamazon.com/the-issues/tax-avoidance/

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ShyLinuxGuy

I think it's funny when companies throw temper tantrums. I don't remember very well if Microsoft raised its prices on software for the government sector as retaliation after the DoJ went on their monopoly witch hunt--did they?

I think governments need to be a little bit more careful about their tax schemes. Washington state lost the opportunity to have Boeing build all the 787s over here, because one of the main reasons was because our governor/legislators were adamant with their tax "rate" with Boeing's new plant and the income it would generate, and would not haggle. The governor claimed that Washington state government could not afford to reduce taxes for Boeing's new plant. Well, what she doesn't know is that some tax revenue is better than no tax revenue, and now I'm sure she's regretting the decision (HUGE state financial crisis). Boeing has the 787s in South Carolina because we, as a state, were not open to negotiation, and Boeing pays NOTHING to Washington for 787 production. Illinois needs to take a hint and try to renegotiate with Amazon, such as offering to pay for the software and responsibility to collect the tax (that's all I could think of; I know it's kind of lame).

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raptorspike

As a resident of Illinois, I know almost for a fact Amazon will probably end up leaving. Illinois is run by a bunch of money-grubbing lawyers and politicians.

And I don't mean to sound ignorant, but can someone explain the affiliate program? I have a vague idea based on the articles I've read.

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roninnder

I've seen several stories like this one, can someone please more fully define the role the affiliates play?  What does "help Amazon link to product pages" mean?  Are they advertisers or marketers?

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Justin.Kerr

Affiliates are basically anyone who posts a link to an Amazon page, and includes their custom ## in the URL. If someone goes to your site, follows the link with your Affiliate code, they earn a commission on your purchase. If you live in Illinois then you are a local affiliate based on this law.

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syderwarp

I live in Chicago we have past Govener in Jail. The current Mayor was brought under heat for corruption by FBI. Corruption is a main reason compouned by fraud, inflation,etc. Taxes are out of world in Chicago, Cook County, as well as Illinois verses the other states in area. This is a big scam to push venders out of Illinois to pay for fat cats in Springfield!!! I hope this bill gets canned! I agree with Amazon and buying products online with no taxes.  The answer would be drop the taxes for national sales taxe not Income,payroll, State, county, enetertainment, beverage, utility taxes!! That puts taxes around 40-50% for Illinois residents!!!!!!

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I Jedi

I pray to god my state never gets wind of the fact that they could try to line their pockets by passing such initiatives.

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Techie714

This is just another cheap way for the state to try and collect more revenue.  I hope Amazon wins in this one!

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