The state of California could collect more than $1 billion a year by taxing Amazon and other online retailers if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.
Assemblyman Charles Calderon, a Democrat from Whittier, says his legislation doesn’t impose a new sales tax, but extends one that California should already have been enforcing.
If this becomes law, it will net California exactly zero. As I have repeated elsewhere, California has no power to force an out of state company to collect sales taxes for it. No state does. These morons are hanging their hats on the notion that because Amazon pays a commission to web publishers who carry their ads, they then somehow have a “presence” in the state that permits California to force them to collect.
Even this is a murky notion but Amazon has traditionally dealt with assaults like this by simply ceasing to pay commissions to web publishers who are residents of the state in question.
Such as, for instance, Bill Quick.
Mr Calderon should probably stick to topics he comprehends, such as looking at state officials with lust in his heart.