When California Governor Jerry Brown (pictured) signed into law that state’s latest attempt to collect Internet sales taxes from retailers outside the state, he surely must have known he would be hurting, perhaps eliminating altogether, at least 25,000 small businesses. But the opportunity to collect an estimated $200 million in uncollected taxes overrode that consideration.
Amazon.com, with gross sales of $34 billion annually, generates much of its revenues through affiliates who offer the opportunity to their customers to “click through” their websites and purchase products from Amazon. In an email sent to its California affiliates on Tuesday, Amazon said:
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