Paul Misener, Amazon.com’s vice president for global public policy, urged Congress to set standards for collecting state sales taxes from online commerce. Any exceptions to the tax should be kept “very low” for fairness reasons, Misener said.
Californians have shown a penchant for rolling back taxes at the ballot box, a history Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest Web retailer, may be banking on to repeal a law aimed at forcing it to collect state sales levies.
Amazon.com Inc. and brick-and-mortar stores urged U.S. senators to pass legislation to let states collect sales taxes from online retailers based elsewhere, as other Internet companies said they oppose the measure.
Amazon.com Inc. , the world’s largest online retailer, has threatened to sever ties with more than 10,000 affiliates in California amid a dispute with the state over proposed taxation of Internet purchases.