Amazon Cuts Affiliates in Two More States to Avoid Taxes

Amazon has severed relationships with affiliate websites in two new states — Connecticut and Arkansas — following the passage of measures that require them to charge sales tax on purchases made through affiliates, reports AP. The so-called “Amazon Tax” doesn’t typically affect sales made directly from online retailers, like Amazon or Overstock.com. In a statement, Amazon said it opposes the laws because they are “unconstitutional and counterproductive.”


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik