Susan Gunelius who is the Guide at About.com’s site about blogging (called amazingly web logs) posted a news story called: NC, RI, HI – No Longer Allowed in Amazon Associates Affiliate Advertising Program.
The long and the short of it is that Amazon is not willing to collect state sales taxes and send the money to the states in question, or at least in smaller states.
It’s probably a losing battle on Amazon’s part. If you do a search on Amazon affiliates on Google news you’ll find that Amazon has caved to New York and Japan and is paying sales tax in both places.
And as much as I’ve appreciated sales-tax free purchases, it seems almost inevitable that most states and even countries will begin to collect sales taxes. California, my state, hasn’t yet, but that’s just because the Republican’s have vowed ‘no new taxes’ even thought this one and others might help in the current state budget crises.
What does this mean to you as a freelance writer? Probably not much over the long term, and if you’re in one of the effected states and are part of the Amazon affiliate program, a loss of income at least for awhile.
I can’t see this making a huge dent in book sales either. But I’ve been wrong at least once and a while.
Do you think this will make a difference in book sales?