Stop online retailers like Amazon from charging sales tax to residence in Alabama
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Amazon has voluntarily decided to collect sales tax in states they have no physical presence in. The current default rule throughout the United States is that you must collect sales tax on Internet sales to customers in those states where your business has a physical presence. By law sales tax cannot be forced on residence of these states but Alabama state government is bypassing the law and influencing the retailer to take the tax and give them the money anyway.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1992, in Quill Corp. vs. North Dakota, that states could not compel a retailer to collect a use tax if the retailer had no physical presence in the state. Yet the state of Alabama broke the law when they compelled over 85 sites, the largest being Amazon, to collect more tax money for them.
Congress has not passed a law to change that.
So if online sellers don't have a store or physical presence in Alabama, they are not responsible for collecting the use tax when they sell to an Alabama consumer. The point of this petition is to ask Amazon to forgo the responsibility to collect extra taxes and leave the fight between the state and its people. The state is constantly making moves behind the backs of the residence to get more of their money. The people need to decide where their money goes and the states can't be given the power to take it at will. Until this is resolved shop on Amazon but use third party sellers to help them first.
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