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Ariz. Senate rejects bill on Amazon sales tax duty

Ariz. Senate rejects bill on Amazon sales tax duty

CREATED Mar 9, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has soundly rejected a bill that would have required to collect sales tax on purchases made by Arizona residents.
The bill was defeated Thursday on a vote of 20-8 despite retailers' argument that  thousands of jobs at brick-and-mortar businesses are at stake.
The bill didn't identify Seattle-based Amazon by name. But it would have classified Amazon as an in-state retailer for tax purposes because a subsidiary has distribution centers in Arizona.
Amazon contends it doesn't have to collect sales tax on sales to Arizonans because the parent company doesn't have a physical presence in the state.
And a lobbyist for Amazon has said the bill would violate the Arizona Constitution's  prohibition on bills targeting specific individuals or companies.

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