Ads Attack Amazon.com Sales Tax Avoidance

A national retailers group is running ads in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis newspapers urging state officials, including Gov. Bill Haslam, to require Amazon.com collect sales taxes on items it sells in the state.
More from Andy Sher’s story in the Chattanooga TFP:
The ad campaign by Arlington, Va.-based Alliance for Main Street Fairness comes as Amazon, the world’s largest online-retailer, moves to build two distribution centers in Southeast Tennessee under an economic development deal struck with the state and Hamilton County
…Amazon officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The Alliance for Main Street Fairness, which says it has small and national retailers among its members, also ran similar ads in newspapers outside Chattanooga earlier this year.
The group is waging a multistate battle to compel Amazon to collect sales taxes.
As the issue continues to boil, lobbyists for national retailers such as Wal-Mart are talking to the Haslam administration and lawmakers.
“We hope that Tennessee’s executive branch, legislators and regulators will work to stop what amounts to a backroom deal that has unfairly chosen winners and losers in the marketplace and drains much needed resources from Tennessee residents,” said Daniel Morales, Wal-Mart’s director communications and community relations.

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