Posts tagged with Amazon Associates

Are affiliate programs dead in the U.S.?

Yesterday, California became the latest state to pass an affiliate tax law.

With a single stroke of a pen, California's governor signed AB 28 1x and may have struck the biggest blow ever to the affiliate business model in the United States.

That's because California isn't just home to a large number of affiliates, it is also widely considered to be the center of the technology universe.

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Amazon to clueless lawmakers: we're not playing games

Last week, Amazon.com terminated all Amazon Associates in North Carolina because of pending legislation that would have required Amazon to collect and pay sales tax on sales to customers in North Carolina on the grounds that Amazon's relationship with affiliates in North Carolina gave it a presence in the state.

Amazon's pre-emptive measure sent a clear message: we're not messing around with states that want to implement tax collection laws that we believe to be unconstitutional.

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Amazon terminates North Carolina affiliates

If you're a member of the Amazon Associates affiliate program and live in the state of North Carolina, today was the day you've dreaded: your Amazon Associates account has been officially terminated.

Thanks to legislation that threatens to force Amazon to collect sales tax on purchases made in North Carolina even though Amazon has no physical presence in the state on the basis that its contracts with North Carolina affiliates essentially constitute the legal equivalent of such a presence.

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