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State Capitol News
1:12 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

AZ Retailers Pushing for Sales Tax on Amazon

Retailers are demanding that Governor Jan Brewer negotiate a deal with the nation's largest online retailer to get it to start collecting state sales taxes. 

The complaint by the retailers is that they have to collect state and local sales taxes while online operations like Amazon.com do not. Gayle Shanks, one of the owners of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe said that's not fair.

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State Capitol News
9:51 am
Thu March 15, 2012

State Lawmakers Take Another Swing at Taxing Amazon

Current law says companies with a retail presence in Arizona have to levy the tax. Efforts to expand that definition to include firms with only warehouses here were beaten back in the Senate by Amazon lobbyists -- twice. The proposal approved Wednesday by the House Commerce Committee seeks to sweeten the deal: The tax would be prospective only, meaning Amazon could escape having to fight a $53 million assessment from the state Department of Revenue for what it says are uncollected prior taxes. Mesa Republican J.D.

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State Capitol News
9:27 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Governor Brewer Circumspect on Penny Sales Tax

The initiative launched last week would kick in on June 1st, 2013, the day after the current three-year temporary tax hike approved by voters expires. Proponents say the money is needed to ensure adequate funding for education, with some cash earmarked for transit projects and programs for children. Governor Jan Brewer, who pushed that temporary levy, said her main concern is THAT one expires as she promised.

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State Capitol News
12:15 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Penny Sales Tax Initiative Formally Launched Today

An initiative drive launched today seeks to let voters decide if they want to make permanent the 1-cent sales tax set to expire next year. 

The proposal would earmark about 75 percent of the billion dollars a year for education, mostly for K-12 funding but also for college scholarships. Initiative organizer Ann-Eve Pedersen said this is not just throwing money at the problem, with some public school funding tied to performance.

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State Capitol News
9:51 am
Fri March 9, 2012

AZ Senate Votes Against Sales Tax on Amazon

One of the nation's largest online retailers beat back a legislative effort Thursday to force it to start collecting taxes on its sales to state residents. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Arizonans Pay Some of the Highest Sales Taxes in the Country

In Phoenix, State Lawmakers are working on legislation requiring Amazon-dot-com to collect sales taxes on Arizona purchases.

The effort is partially an attempt to reap revenue from all those internet sales.

It’s also an attempt to keep Arizonans from bypassing what one report called the second highest sales tax rate in the country.

According to the DC-based Tax Foundation, the average Arizonan pays 9.12% in sales taxes.

Of course, an average means some people pay more, some pay less, depending on where you live.

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State Capitol News
9:24 am
Tue February 28, 2012

State Senators Undercut Sales Tax Initiative

 State senators voted Monday for legislation Monday that could effectively undermine any effort by voters to hike their own sales taxes for education. 

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State Capitol News
10:11 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Senate Panel Expected to Close Sales Tax Loophole

The loophole allows some online retailers to escape having to pay state sales taxes. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:34 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

AZ Moving to Collect On Line Sales Tax

     PHOENIX (AP) _ Arizona is moving toward making online merchants
collect sales tax on residents' purchases, a departure from the
state's previous hands-office stance.
     The state Revenue Department has billed Amazon.com for $53
million in uncollected sales taxes for nearly five years.
     Amazon says it's contesting the state's assessment, which the
company disclosed in its latest annual report.
     At the Legislature, Arizona lawmakers have introduced a bill to
require Amazon.com and other retailers with distribution centers in

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