From DAVE SMITH
We need to you to act now. The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association, and the American Booksellers Association are urging you to please contact the Governor Schwarzenegger’s office and ask him to support the “affiliate nexus” (sales tax fairness) provision in the budget. Please call the Governor’s office today (Monday) or tomorrow, at the latest.
The most reliable information we have tells us that this is the moment to act. We’ve heard that budget talks have swung into high gear, and in the proposed state budget package, there is a sales tax fairness provision that mirrors the New York State “affiliate nexus” law. If this provision goes into effect in California, online retailers (Amazon) will have to comply with existing law and collect state sales tax for purchases made by state residents.
Please call the Governor in support of the provision. The phone number for the Governor’s office is (916) 445-2841, and the telephone numbers of his district offices can be found here. You may get an answering machine or a staff person. This is fine. In your message, please note:
* As a book buyer, you support the affiliate nexus provision in the state budget — urge the Governor to support this provision as well
* This provision supports small and large businesses alike by requiring out-of-state retailers with nexus in the state to play by the same rules as in-state retailers, thereby taking away the significant — and unfair — advantage that out-of-state online retailers have over their in-state competitors
* The economic impact of the current sales tax inequity on California businesses has been profound, and it is significantly affecting businesses’ ability to foster job creation and continued growth
* This is not a new tax, the affiliate nexus provision merely stipulates who is responsible for collecting and remitting the sales tax: the remote retailer or the consumer
* New York State passed this provision in 2008 — in its first full year, it garnered $70 million in sales tax revenue that otherwise would have otherwise been lost.
See also Sales Tax Blues