Obviously, Amazon.com considers itself big enough to ignore Georgia law and get away with it.
Last year, the Legislature passed and Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that required companies like Amazon, who have affiliates in this state, to collect sales tax on purchases made in Georgia.
The bill went into effect on Jan. 1, but Amazon continues to make sales here without collecting sales tax. As a result, local Georgia businesses who have to charge sales tax are suffering. As they continue to lose customers and are forced to scale back operations or shutter their doors completely, our communities will continue to feel the impact.
It’s time for Amazon to obey Georgia law. It’s also time for our federal officials to take action. Amazon operates all over the country, which means small businesses nationwide are suffering from the same unfair tactics by online competitors like Amazon. There is a bill before Congress – the Marketplace Fairness Act – that would require all businesses in the U.S. to collect sales tax on purchases, regardless of whether they are a local shop or an online outlet.
Georgia’s congressional delegation needs to support this bill and fight for its passage.
Larry Moore is president of Trucks and Moore.