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.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill in a compromise with Amazon.com Inc. that gives the world’s largest online retailer a one-year reprieve from collecting sales taxes on Internet transactions in the state.
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.