Amazon.com’s effort to escape collecting sales taxes in Tennessee suffered another blow on Tuesday. This time from state Attorney General Bob Cooper who issued a ruling that says a proposed law that would mandate that the online retailer collect state sales taxes when it opens facilities in the state is constitutionally sound.
Cooper’s opinion will bolster efforts to pass the bill sponsored by Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, and Rep. Charles Sargent, R-Franklin when the Legislature meets next year.
And maybe the AG’s ruling will put an end to the bogus claim by some legislators that there is no legal requirement for Amazon to collect state sales taxes.
Not only would collecting the tax be legal, it would end Amazon’s unfair competitive advantage over other Tennessee retailers.
Here’s a link to the AG opinion
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