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Internet Taxation Solutions for Amazon, Inc.

Guy D. Hugaert
October 9, 2011
IS 535
Professor Amita Suhrid-Cherewick

Internet Taxation and Legislation One of the hottest political issues regarding taxation is how to tax revenue generated on the internet. Before the internet, stores were required to collect the appropriate sales tax rate in the state where the store was located. The store then forwarded the collected tax to the state tax collector. This system was working fine and was quite simple until the invention of the internet. The system has not changed for the traditional ‘brick and mortar’ store but things are much different for the ‘online’ store. This is where it gets interesting, how do we ensure that the sales taxes are paid or who is responsible for collecting the tax and what rate is paid and what state gets the taxes? For example, where should any sales tax is paid for candy ordered via the Internet from an Ohio vendor by a California resident while traveling in Georgia that is sent to a relative in Michigan (Nellen, 1999)? When the internet went commercial in 1995 it was free of regulation and taxes from the US government at all levels until 1996 when several US states saw the Internet as a great source of revenue for their states. Ten states (Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington & Wisconsin) started charging ISP’s an Internet access tax. This lead to the authoring of the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act by Representative Christopher Cox, R-CA and Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 21, 1998(legacy.gseis.ucla.edu, 1998). This bill was drafted and passed to preserve the future potential of the internet. This bill was grandfathered in the ten states listed above and was designed to halt the possible taxation by thousands…...

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