Illinois Opens 2011 Season of Amazon Wars
After a recent 60 Minutes profile revealed that Illinois spends twice as much as it collects, it is not surprising that the opening round of this year’s Amazon Wars is in the Land of Lincoln. Illinois’ legislature hopes to collect $150 million annually from the tax bill currently sitting on the Governor Quinn’s desk. Governor Quinn (D), who won by less than 20,000 votes out of 3.4 million cast, has 60 days to sign or veto the law. Amazon and Overstock, however, have already sent out notices terminating in-state affiliates.
Illinois is the worst of a dozen sales tax states that have current year deficits in excess of 20% (and surprisingly one of them is not California). This can only mean that 2011 could be a very long year for Amazon.
More info: Amazon and the state of Illinois play a game of chicken over online tax collection, Mind Your Decisions, The Bad Math of the ‘Amazon Tax’, Chicagoist; State Budgets: Day of Reckoning, 60 Minutes, States Continue to Feel Recession’s Impact, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.