California’s kids, seniors, parks, community college students, University students, courtrooms, even prisoners, have all been cut to balance California’s budget. Now, online retail giant Amazon.com wants to overturn the recently passed Sales and Use Tax law that would require sales tax to be applied to online transactions. Not only does this law provide California with an estimated $200 million in additional annual sales tax revenues, but it also removes an unfair advantage for online retailers like Amazon.com competing with traditional small and family owned businesses.
It’s time to tell Amazon.com to play by the same rules as everyone else doing business in California! If Amazon.com is unwilling to make even this modest contribution to the well-being of our state, then we need to tell Amazon.com that we won’t by contributing to their profits!
Please sign the petition below and show your support by closing your account with Amazon.com today!
For the last four fiscal years, California’s kids, seniors, college students, people with disabilities and struggling families have suffered more than $15 billion in staggering cuts. The passage of ABx1 28, requiring online businesses with a physical presence in California to collect sales tax from online transactions, is a fair and necessary policy towards leveling the playing field for California businesses and helping to extend our shared responsibility for our collective future.
If this policy is overturned, not only will California lose $200 million in estimated annual sales tax revenues, but small, locally owned, and family operated businesses will be at a significant disadvantage when competing with giant corporations such as Amazon.com . This, in turn, will hinder local and regional economic growth and force countless small businesses to close their doors forever.
As a concerned citizen, I strongly oppose any and all efforts to undermine existing law that would consequently force an even larger portion of the fiscal burden on the shoulders of vulnerable Californians – while at the same time threatening the livelihood and viability of our “brick & mortar” businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of California’s economy.
If Amazon.com is unwilling to abide by the same laws as everyone else and contribute to the collective well-being of our state, then I have no choice but to close my account and end my contributions to Amazon.com.
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