28 December 2009

NYT and LAT Morning Whine

Spotted in this Slashdot story:

Sorry, Shoppers, but Why Can’t Amazon Collect More Tax?

Amazon has found a way to put portions of its business into the tax-haven equivalent of reservations. By creating wholly owned subsidiaries for the parts that are treated separately for tax matters, Amazon is under no obligation to collect sales tax. This legal technique is called “entity isolation,” said Michael Mazerov, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington.
They are following the complicated laws in an efficient manner, with the help of some very expensive lawyers. What's the problem?

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