February 5, 2010
Virginia to debate "Amazon Tax" Law
The Virginia State Senate is considering a tax measure similar to the Affiliate Taxes charged in New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and currently being debated in Colorado. Virginia Senate Bill 660 was introduced yesterday by Senator Emmett W. Hanger Jr. from Augusta Country. According to the bill, if an online retailer enters into an agreement with a resident of Virginia in which that resident receives some form of consideration for referring potential customers to the online retailer, that relationship constitutes taxable solicitation. Such references can take the form of a link. Perhaps the strongest opposition to Affiliate Taxation is taking place in a New York State courtroom where Amazon.com and Overstock.com are jointly challenging the New York State affiliate tax as unconstitutional. To make your voices heard in Virginia, please visit the Virginia.Gov Government contacts website.