How is this not a conflict of interest?

“I do think it puts people in a difficult situation, because obviously, on the one hand, you want to speak out strongly on issues of privacy, on issues of antitrust, on issues of tax [compliance],”

The federal lawmakers who regulate Amazon are begging the company to move to their home states

Few things unite a Republican stalwart like Roy Blunt and a Democratic firebrand like Claire McCaskill. But the prospect of a political win prompted the two U.S. senators to put aside their differences this week – and practically plead with Amazon to plop its new headquarters in their shared home state of Missouri.

Good to see the other side of this story coming out

Amazon Has a Chance to Redefine Corporate Responsibility

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters presents the opportunity to take seriously the much-abused concept of corporate social responsibility. The ideal asserts that a good company doesn’t just maximize profits. It acts as a good corporate citizen. But what does that mean? In practice, “corporate social responsibility” is usually shorthand for embracing left-of-center causes.

The MTC has decided to extend the Amazon FBA Amnesty to Nov 1

The MTC has extended the amnesty application period to November 1, 2017 with sellers being given 30 days after notice of a signed agreement to register with the state (extended from the December 1 registration deadline).

Listen to the emergency meeting held by the MTC where you told the states exactly what you think of them putting Amazon’s tax burden on 3P sellers.

 

In June, Minnesota enacted the country’s first law requiring companies like Amazon and EBay Inc. to collect sales taxes on goods sold by third-party sellers

Amazon’s Sales Tax Fight Is Heating Up as States Crack Down

Amazon shoppers will probably pay sales tax on more of their purchases this holiday season. Right now, consumers pay tax on goods purchased directly from Amazon, but they don’t in many cases if they buy from third-party merchants on the e-commerce giant’s marketplace. That could change on Dec.

Join the MTC emergency meeting to determine whether to extend the deadline for the online marketplace seller voluntary disclosure initiative

IMPORTANT news regarding the MTC tax amnesty! 

The MTC is holding an Emergency Nexus Committee Meeting to determine whether to extend the amnesty deadline.

Make sure your voice is heard! The meeting is open to the public and will give the seller community a chance to express their concerns.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Call-in Information Dial-In Number: 1-719-234-0214 Conference Code: 102826

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Tax Notes reports: the MTC is considering extending amnesty deadline, possibly due to low participation

MTC Could Extend Amnesty Deadlines for Marketplace Sellers | ecommerceChris

The Multistate Tax Commission’s Nexus Committee has scheduled an emergency meeting for October 11 to determine whether to extend deadlines associated with its amnesty for online marketplace sellers with so-called inventory nexus. According to National Nexus Program Director Richard Cram, potential applicants and their representatives have requested that the 60-day application period be extended beyond the current October 17 deadline.

The EU has introduced new tax rules to try to prevent American companies from skirting EU tax laws

Amazon will be slapped with tax fine by the EU on Wednesday, report says

Shannon Stapleton | Reuters Amazon will be hit with a fine for unpaid back taxes on Wednesday, the Financial Times said Tuesday. The European Union is contending that Amazon used Luxembourg as a tax haven and that it had established unfair partnerships with the country in an effort to skirt European taxes on 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in royalties.

If you’re wondering how states will get your info for state taxes, this is how

Amazon Faces Court Battle on State Tax Records

BOSTON (CN) – Taking a tax dispute with Amazon to court, Massachusetts regulators say the e-commerce behemoth cannot shield its records on third-party vendors. Amazon has been collecting sales tax on all transactions, regardless which state originated the sale, since April 1, 2017, but this decision did not extend to the many third-party sellers that operate through Amazon’s website.

Perhaps this is why we’re seeing a new wave of review manipulation suspensions

Amazon’s Fake Review Problem Is Now Worse Than Ever, Study Suggests

Despite Amazon’s moves to prevent people gaming its review system, there’s been a massive up-tick in the number of fraudulent reviews on the site, according to a recent study. Over the last couple of months, many unassuming products have been receiving dozens of five-star reviews within hours or days of being listed on the site, with some reviewers knocking them out at a furious rate.

Encouraging the MTC and the states to reexamine their interpretation of who really is the retailer in an FBA transaction, and who owns the inventory.

News Analysis: Amnesty Exposes Rift Among Amazon Marketplace Sellers

A former state tax counsel for General Electric Co. is concerned that hundreds of thousands of Amazon third-party sellers appear to have had no legal representation in brokering the Multistate Tax Commission’s amnesty for online marketplace sellers with “inventory nexus.” “Things that are questionable weren’t questioned in this process,” said Paul Rafelson, who has held similar positions at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Amazon Announces Plans for Huge New North America Offices- Let the games begin

Giving states even more reasons to want to make the giant happy. (See Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative)

Why Amazon’s plan to build a second headquarters could be a ‘marketing ploy’

David Ryder | Bloomberg | Getty Images Amazon’s plans to build a second North American headquarters, announced on Thursday, is highly unusual, even for a company this big, and could be more of a “marketing ploy,” some academics said. Amazon’s potential goal: to generate enough buzz to attract more offers with better benefits, including steep tax breaks.

From Dallas to Baltimore, these cities are already vying to be Amazon’s new headquarters

Amazon announced the search for a second North American headquarters on Thursday, saying it would give preference to areas with 1 million residents or more. It didn’t take long for cities to throw their names out for consideration: Chicago Spokesperson for the City of Chicago: “Chicago’s unmatched workforce, world-class universities and unparalleled access to destinations throughout the world make it the perfect headquarters location for companies large and small.

Amazon Announces Plans for Huge New North America Offices

It insisted the new offices would be a “complete headquarters for Amazon – not a satellite office,” and that executives would be able to choose to base their teams in either, or both, Seattle and the new location. Bids for the new offices are due by Oct.

Amazon lack of investigation into IP infringement claims hits the media

Amazon was tricked by a fake law firm into removing a hot product, costing this seller $200,000

Shortly before Amazon Prime Day in July, the owner of the Brushes4Less store on Amazon’s marketplace received a suspension notice for his best-selling product, a toothbrush head replacement. The email that landed in his inbox said the product was being delisted from the site because of an intellectual property violation.

New suspension notification for price gouging, as Amazon receives bad press

“Your account activity reflects unusual pricing in period of emergency, which is unfair to our customers and prohibited by Amazon’s Seller Code of Conduct. We reviewed your account further, and we have decided that you currently may not sell on Amazon.com. Funds will not be transferred to you but will stay in your account while we work with you to address this issue. If you have any open orders, please ship them.”

Hurricane Irma Resulting In Claims That Amazon Is Price Gouging: What We Know

Online giant Amazon is no stranger to public scrutiny, but the e-commerce retailer is facing a new round of accusations as Florida residents prepare for the potential devastation of Hurricane Irma. The company reportedly has allowed prices on basic emergency supplies like to surge out of control as the Category 5 storm draws closer to the sunshine state.

Here’s Why Bottled Water Is So Expensive on Amazon Right Now

Expensive water is on sale at Amazon.com, prompting accusations that the e-commerce giant is gouging prices to capitalize on back-to-back catastrophic hurricanes afflicting Florida and Texas. Amazon says it is not gouging- and it is working to prevent the practice on its site. “We do not engage in surge pricing,” the company said in an emailed statement.

Affordable prices have boosted the reputation of a supermarket for eco-snobs. (Germany)

Attacke auf Walmart, Lidl, Aldi – Amazon löst Preis-Krieg aus

Bereits in den ersten Tagen nach der milliardenschweren Übernahme der Öko-Supermarktkette Whole Foods lässt Amazon die Preise purzeln: Avocados kosten plötzlich 1,49 statt 2,99 Dollar und das Pfund Wildlachs aus Alaska 9,99 – das sind fünf Dollar weniger als bisher. „Das ist nur der Anfang”, verkündet das Werbeschild in der Filiale in Brooklyn, New York.

If you’ve recently received a safety complaint, it’s time to start pre-empting a suspension

We’ve seen a spate of these suspensions:

“Hello,

You currently may not sell on Amazon.com because we received safety complaints regarding the items listed. Funds will not be transferred to you but will stay in your account while we work with you to address this issue.

To sell on Amazon again, please send us a plan with actions you took to resolve the issue and prevent similar complaints. Do not limit your plan to issues with specific orders. Get help creating your plan in Seller Central Help (https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/200370560). To send us your plan, click the Appeal button next to this email on the Performance Notifications page in Seller Central.

We will review your plan and decide if you may sell on Amazon again. If you do not send an acceptable plan within 17 days, we may not allow you to sell on Amazon. Failure to successfully appeal this decision may result in us permanently withholding any payments to you and any FBA inventory of the items that caused safety complaints may be destroyed at your expense.

You can see your balance and settlement information in the Payments section of Seller Central. If you have questions about those, please write to [email protected]

You can see the health of your account in the Performance section of Seller Central: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/seller-rating/pages/performance-summary.html…

To talk to someone about this email, ask our Seller Support team to contact you (https://sellercentral.amazon.com/hz/contact-us/performance).

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Complaint Type: Safety Materially Different Complaint”

South Carolina filed a complaint alleging that Amazon failed to collect taxes on sales made by third-party merchants

As the Multistate Tax Commission (“MTC”) is putting the burden on 3rd party sellers to collect and pay sales tax to states in which they have FBA inventory, South Carolina is alleging that the burden should be on Amazon.

Amazon faces a tax fight in South Carolina that could change how online sellers do business

President Trump has repeatedly attacked Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos for dodging financial obligations, tweeting as recently as June that the company avoids “paying internet taxes.” While the president’s claims have remained vague, at least one state is now making a similar allegation — and providing some substance to back it up.