Here’s why Amazon left 18% at the table

When news broke about Amazon starting to collect sales tax for purchases made in Utah, it seemed a little curious that they would not be taking advantage of a state law that would allow them to retain up to 18% of the taxes they collected. Aren’t businesses supposed to try and maximize their revenues and take advantage of any incentives available to them? Don’t feel too bad for Amazon, though. They’re actually going to do really well from their deal. While Amazon is passing on the 18%, they are still…

Utah’s right wing is taxing

When it comes to taxes I am definitely prejudiced. I can’t stand them. In fact, I cannot remember a tax increase on a state or local ballot that I have voted for. This past election there was another tax increase on the ballot and, without even thinking about it, I voted against it. It’s not that I refused to think about it. It’s just that I already had thought about it years ago and decided to vote against any and every tax increase. Maybe moving from an employee to an…

Utah’s online sales tax bill died because it had serious flaws

The Salt Lake Tribune carried an op-ed this week bemoaning Utah’s Legislature caving-in to Amazon by failing to enact an online sales tax this legislative session. While I certainly agree that the price differential is hurting Utah businesses, this bill was the wrong way to level the playing field. The primary obstacle to this bill was in its implementation. The bill declared that if internet companies advertised on a website owned by a resident or corporation (commonly called an affiliate link) that is incorporated in the state of Utah, that is enough…