Amazon Tax,  California State Board of Equalization,  Internet Sales Taxes

California State Board of Equalization to Discuss Implementation of the Amazon Internet Sales Tax

Today the California State Board of Equalization will meet at 10 AM.

The state Board of Equalization will start to tackle how to implement a new law requiring major online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases made by Californians at its Sacramento meeting today.

But any solution for applying the so-called “Amazon Tax,” which was approved last month as part of the budget package backed by Democratic lawmakers, could be short lived. Opponents of the change have filed referendum papers to ask voters to overturn ABX1 28 in the next statewide election, a move that could pull the plug on the plan to generate revenue much sooner than 2012.

A Legislative Counsel opinion sought by Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, concluded that the law would be suspended once the challenge qualifies for the ballot, even though the majority-vote measure took effect immediately as a result of Proposition 25. That scenario would put the Amazon Tax on hold until the next statewide election, which will likely be held in June 2012.

The meeting will be webcast this morning here and the full agenda in Pdf format is here.

In the meantime, the signature gatherers are proceeding and the television ad mavens are busy.