“Yes, I’ve met with eBay quite a lot,” said Assembly member Nancy Skinner (D), who introduced the bill. Skinner told Tax Analysts that eBay is concerned about the proposal’s impact on lower-volume sellers, and the two sides have discussed raising the $10,000 threshold.
Internet auction giant eBay Inc. is negotiating language in a proposed California “Amazon” law (AB 153) in hopes of reducing the number of its sellers that could be required to collect sales taxes.
The click-through nexus legislation would require remote sellers to collect state sales taxes if they make $10,000 or more in annual sales through California affiliates that receive a commission. Much of the attention has centered on Amazon.com, but eBay — a California-based company — also receives commissions from its sellers, who could then be required to remit California sales taxes.
“We hope to come to a threshold that they feel good about,” Skinner said. “But I’m certainly not going to be making the law ineffectual.”
This entire exercise which will lose California jobs and provide NO new measurable tax revenue is looking more and more like a “JUICE BILL.”
The divide and conquer of business interests, the campaign contributions, the never ending amendments and tweaks to the bills. My God, no wonder American business is so fed up with the political process – particularly the Democrats in the California Legislature.
So, the legislation will linger on and Assemblywoman will have all the attention and PAC money the business interest will provide.
In the meantime, the Amazon.com and other business sales affiliates will sweat out whether they will have a job or not.