Amazon.com pulled a 180 last week when it threw a stance of strong support behind federal legislation to force online buyers to pay a sales tax, according to Seattle Times.
In late July, Amazon closed its affiliate sales program from Arkansas where legislators were considering enacting a mandate to force online retailers to charge its customers the state sales tax.
In statements earlier this summer Amazon said because it doesn’t have a physical location in Arkansas, it shouldn’t be required to charge its customers the state sales tax.
Now, however, the online giant has changed its tune and thrown full support behind a federal bill that would allow states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes from their customers.
Introduced by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, the Marketplace Fairness Act would allow states to collect an estimated $23 billion in uncollected sales taxes, according to the S-T.