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The Amazon Exemption
"On June 29, 2011 Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law ABx1 28, a
law requiring online retailers (as brick-and-mortar retailers)
to collect sales taxes on purchases made by California
consumers (= effort to raise $200 million in additional tax
revenue for the state from online retailers who sell products
through Amazon.com; was expected to cost Amazon $83 million in
additional taxes in 2011; = part of estimated $1.1 billion
California is owed each year in "use tax" but never collects).
Roughly a week after Brown signed the bill into law, in an
effort to not pay taxes, Amazon.com severed ties with over
10,000 smaller business 'marketing partners') in the state and
launched a petition drive to force a voter referendum on the
ballot to overturn the new law". On Septermber 23, 2011 Gov.
Jerry Brown signed into law AB 155, the 'Amazon compromise
bill'. It suspended for a year ABX1-28, the so-called “Amazon
tax” that was imposed on sales by out-of-state companies with
“affiliates” in California. Amazon shelved a ballot initiative
it had been advancing to repeal ABX1-28. However, the 'Amazon
tax', imposed by ABX1-28, but lifted by AB 155, will again be
imposed on September 15, 2012, if federal law authorizing
states to require remote sellers to collect taxes is not
I was one of those 'marketing partners' whose 'business tie'
with Amazon was severed. Since I have devoted an enormous
amount of time to 'business history', since I am offended by
having my 'affiliate relationship' severed and then told to
're-apply' for the same status and since the matter is not yet
fully resolved - I have chosen not to renew my 'so-called
distribution partnership' with Amazon.
That is why I have added no new titles
to this website since June 2011 - even though
more than 700
new business history titles have been published. I
will continue to update the timeline for each industry as
warranted but I will not add new titles to be purchased
individually via Amazon links. I may 'package' new titles in
bibliographic form and sell them indepedently on Amazon's
Kindle Direct (current available title: "Autopsy on a Bubble:
The Complete Bibliography of the 2008 Credit Crisis").
This is a labor of love and I wish that you and I had both not
been so inconvenienced by this Amazon Exemption tax issue.
In the News
Growing share of income for the rich
Inequality in the U.S. has has grown steadily since the 1970s,
following a flat period after World War II. In 2008, the
wealthiest 10 percent earned almost the same amount of income
as the rest of the country combined;
The top 0.1 percent of the population (those making about $1.7
million or more) saw the sharpest increase in income share,
took home 2.6% of the nation’s earnings in 1975 and 10.4% in
2005 - the top 0.1
percent of earners in the U.S. made upwards of about $1.7
million, including capital gains. Forty-one percent of these
roughly 140,000 families had a breadwinner who was an
executive, a supervisor or a manager.2008;
Who makes up the top 0.1%?
Finance, including management
Arts, media, sports
Math, engineering, technical
Business operations (nonfinance)
Professors and scientists
Farmers and ranchers
SHARE OF NATION'S INCOME
Including capital gains
*Based on the salary,
bonuses and stock options of the three
highest-paid officers in the largest 50 firms. **
Calculated from Bureau of Economic Analysis data.
NOTE: All figures have been adjusted for
SOURCES: The World Top Incomes
Database and reports by Jon Bakija, Williams
College; Adam Cole, U.S. Department of Treasury;
Bradley T. Heim, Indiana University; Carola
Frydman, MIT Sloan School of Management and NBER;
Raven E. Molloy, Federal Reserve Board of
Governors; Thomas Piketty, Ehess, Paris; Emmanuel
Saez, UC Berkeley and NBER. GRAPHIC: Alicia
Parlapiano - The Washington Post. Published June
Retail - Specialty.
Wall Street - Investing Advisers.
History - Early U.S.
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