With the weekend and the snow, I haven’t blogged about the advertising tax (aka: Amazon or affiliate tax) for a few days, but things have been changing quite dynamic lately, and I do have news to report:
The Governor of Oklahoma — the state that is facing a $1.3 billion 2010 budget deficit — is looking “to collect sales tax on Internet, telephone and mail order sales”. There is no bill yet, but Oklahoma-based affiliates should definitely keep the finger on the pulse of the situation. Read more on the topic in the recent “Affiliates, Oklahoma Not Okay” post by Melanie Seery.
After all of the hard work by Colorado-based affiliates [read my previous posts on the topic here], on Monday (February 8, 2010) the House Bill 1193 has been published in its amended version which excludes affiliate-referred sales from the scope of the tax law. Read more about it in yesterday’s “Death of the Colorado Advertising Tax” post by Shawn Collins.
I’ve been informed earlier today that the hearing on Virginia‘s version of the “affiliate tax” bill [original news here | current name: Senate Bill 660] is scheduled to happen tomorrow, on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 9:00 am. Bad timing with the forecasted new snow storm, and the roads still being terrible after the one we’ve had over the weekend. But if you are a Virginia-based affiliate, and can make it, please contact Adam Viener about going to this hearing; and contact your senators a.s.a.p. too.