Excellent news for affiliates in California and Hawaii. Both states vetoed the advertising tax (Amazon tax). Here are press releases about it for each state.
Governor Schwarzenegger just committed – NO advertising tax (affiliate sales tax) in CA. Therefore Overstock overturned their decision to terminate affiliates! So that means Amazon and other companies won’t have to cancel their affiliate agreements in the state either!
Schwarzenegger GETS it!
“After passing the largest tax increase in California history, it makes absolutely no sense to go back to the taxpayers to solve the current shortfall – that’s why yesterday I vetoed the majority vote tax increase passed by the legislature. With unemployment at an all time high, we should be doing everything we can to – keep jobs and create jobs – in California. That is why my Administration immediately contacted Overstock.com when we learned of this news and, I am pleased to announce Overstock.com has reversed its decision and will continue to do business with affiliates here in California. I will continue to fight to keep jobs and businesses in California.”
Governor Lingle vetoes online tax bill. She cites Amazon and Overstock’s decision to terminate affiliates. Legislation could still overturn her decision but the fact she vetoed is REALLY great news.
Hawaii affiliates need to stay on top of legislators to be sure this veto does not get overturned on July 15th.