Following the example of the state of New York, in late January of this year Minnesota introduced their bill S.F. No. 282 proposing to collect tax on “sales to customers located in the state who were referred to the retailer by all residents” of the state. So, in addition to California, there is also Minnesota now.
In her today’s blog post Melanie Seery wrote:
…the next hearing date on their pending legislation is to be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 08:30 AM in Room 15 Capitol.
If the bill passes, it will take effect with sales after June 30, 2009.
Minnesota estimates increased revenue of around $22 million. That increased revenue plus their observations of the impact of the NY nexus ($60 million in revenue?) leads me to believe that Minnesota will pass this bill.
The precedent set in the State of New York last year is already turning into a “nasty” one as other states are considering following the same model. Connecticut, Illinois, Tennessee and Hawaii are being said to be on their way as well. Some senators, however, seem to be taking a different root, and this is certainly good to see (read about Senator Enzi’s Sales Tax Fairness and Simplification bill here).
More resources currently available on the subject of the Minnesota affiliate sales tax bill, and its implications, are listed below:
- S.F. No. 282, As Introduced – 86th Legislative Session (bill itself)
- Minnesota Affiliates Get Ready blog post by Melanie
- Minnesota Seeks “Amazon Tax” article