Amazon Threatens to Eliminate California Affiliate Program Due to New Sales Tax


And another one bites the dust. California could become the fifth state to lose its Amazon affiliate program thanks to a controversial sales tax affecting online retailers.

On Wednesday, California governor Jerry Brown signed a law that will require online retailers to collect sales tax from customers even if retailers do not have a brick and mortar store in the state. Though Amazon is based in Seattle, Washington, California, like four other states before it, has ruled that Amazon’s affiliates (10,000 in the case of California) are enough of a physical presence to warrant a new sales tax. Amazon, however, disagrees and has threatened to cancel its California affiliate program if the law is enacted.


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