Amazon Flees California After Gov. Brown Signs Internet Sales Tax

A bill signed into law yesterday by California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) will help close the state’s budget gap by making internet retailers collect the same sales taxes as brick-and-mortar stores. But rather than collect the tax, Amazon is responding by abruptly severing its affiliation with thousands of websites in the state, saying the law would lead to “income losses.” The internet retail giant has abandoned other states that have passed similar laws and it will leave behind 25,000 “California-based marketing affiliates.”