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Why Does Amazon Support Online Sales Taxes?

Apr 2, 2013

It's rare that you get Republicans and Democrats agreeing on taxes, but that's what's happening in the other Washington and it might impact us here in the evergreen state.

The tax bill known as the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 would require Internet retailers who make more than $1 million in sales annually to collect sales taxes even if the retailer isn't physically located in that state.

Amazon is just one of the businesses that would have to pay these taxes, and yet the Seattle-based retailer supports the tax act. Ross Reynolds talks with the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Dean Baker, about the ins and outs of this online sales tax bill.