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tollettja said...

nacanuck, When I buy from Wal-mart I can pickup my item from the local Wal-mart I don't know about the others. The difference here is that Amazon is NOT SELLING in the state as a bricks-and-mortar retailer they are only distributing. All the others you mentioned ARE selling within the state. I remember buying form Dimension2000 a Computer Manufacturer before they were in the state and they were not required to collect sales tax but once they were a sales presence in the state I had to pay sales tax. Also, Amazon does collect sales tax if they are selling for some of their partners it just isn't mentioned often. But what they collect goes to those partners to pay to their respective city and state.

No, I don't think Amazon should collect sales tax if they are not selling within Tennessee but once they DO sell (i.e. if they open a store even for their employees to purchase) then that is when they should start collecting sales tax. If one Governor made a promise to honor a no sales tax collection requirement for Amazon any following Governor should abide by that agreement. It had to have had the backing of the Senate for him to offer that agreement as well. So they should also keep their hands off. Besides the benefit out ways the loss of revenue it gets people back into the job market they are earning and buying from local stores(paying sales tax) and there is less unemployment being paid out by the state. It's all good so leave it alone...

August 17, 2011 at 4:33 p.m.

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