Dear Affiliate Marketers,
Colorado has just become another state to hit the road due to stupid legislators. Once you read the email reprint below, you will understand. I just removed my Amazon link from Info Barrel, and it really hurt to do it! My blog got the same treatment.
I am posting this as an outraged citizen, and as an ALERT to all of you who think you are still in a safe state. Think again, and beware of your state government. I was alerted about the Colorado bill through a social site (Tagfoot) that is a great place to be a member (free social bookmarking site) member who wrote about it. I looked into it, and followed a forum about the bill. What passed didn't seem to scairy, but, as of today Amazon has pulled out of Colorado as far as associates are concerned. From my understanding, Colorado also had the largest number of affiliates show up at the state legislature and peacefully, intelligently oppose the bill. That was encouraging, but not enough for a sneaky bill to pass.
Maybe this one of the reasons the IRS was purchasing guns.
Amazon E-mail for Colorado Associates
We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to inform you that the Colorado government recently enacted a law to impose sales tax regulations on online retailers. The regulations are burdensome and no other state has similar rules. The new regulations do not require online retailers to collect sales tax. Instead, they are clearly intended to increase the compliance burden to a point where online retailers will be induced to "voluntarily" collect Colorado sales tax -- a course we won't take.
We and many others strongly opposed this legislation, known as HB 10-1193, but it was enacted anyway. Regrettably, as a result of the new law, we have decided to stop advertising through Associates based in Colorado. We plan to continue to sell to Colorado residents, however, and will advertise through other channels, including through Associates based in other states.
There is a right way for Colorado to pursue its revenue goals, but this new law is a wrong way. As we repeatedly communicated to Colorado legislators, including those who sponsored and supported the new law, we are not opposed to collecting sales tax within a constitutionally-permissible system applied even-handedly. The US Supreme Court has defined what would be constitutional, and if Colorado would repeal the current law or follow the constitutional approach to collection, we would welcome the opportunity to reinstate Colorado-based Associates.
Your Associates account has been closed as of March 8, 2010, and we will no longer pay advertising fees for customers you refer to Amazon.com after that date. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to March 8, 2010, will be processed and paid in accordance with our regular payment schedule. Based on your account closure date of March 8, any final payments will be paid by May 31, 2010.
We have enjoyed working with you and other Colorado-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program, and wish you all the best in your future.
The Amazon Associates Team