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Other states are going after Amazon's sellers, a much less powerful target, for unpaid sales taxes. In Massachusetts, a judge in late September ordered Amazon to give the state information about merchants who stored goods in the state. Sellers have reported receiving letters from tax investigators in California, too.
A high-stakes legal battle is heating up over whether Amazon ( AMZN) is shirking its legal obligations to collect sale taxes on merchandise sold by independent sellers on its site. Earlier this month, the South Carolina Department of Revenue asked an administrative law judge to force the Seattle-based e-commerce giant to begin collecting sales tax on merchandise sold by outside sellers by Nov.