Friday, January 7, 2011
My blog and coupon class has help my finances, but now they are in jeopardy with a new bill that was pass, but has not been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. Amendment 3 to HB 3659, which states: If a sale at an Internet retailer originates through an affiliate link on an Illinois-based blog or website, that sale will be charged 6.25% Illinois sales tax. It is awaiting signature from the Governor.
In other words if and when this bill goes into effect come July then any purchase made from a link that originates from an affiliate based out of Illinois it will be taxed 6.25%! What does that mean exactly? Well, if I link you to a great deal on say Amazon…you’ll be charged tax on your purchase. Amazon and other affiliates don’t want to deal with this and will be dropping us if this goes through.
While I love looking for deals and helping others stretch their budgets, I have to say that this will hurt my income. I don’t post many Amazon deals, but during the holiday’s I generated some income from them that was helpful to my family. I received a letter from Amazon yesterday, please read it:
Greetings from the Amazon Associates Program:
We regret to inform you that the Illinois state legislature has passed an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that, if signed by Governor Quinn, would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with Illinois-based Associates. You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Illinois. If our records are incorrect, you can manage the details of your Associates account here.
Please note that this not an immediate termination notice and you are still a valued participant in the Amazon Associates Program. But if the governor signs this bill, we will need to terminate the participation of all Illinois residents in the Associates Program. After that point, we will no longer pay any advertising fees for sales referred to amazon.com, endless.com and smallparts.com nor will we accept new applications for the Associates Program from Illinois residents.
The unfortunate consequences of this legislation on Illinois residents like you were explained to the legislature, including Senate and House leadership, as well as to the governor's staff.
Over a dozen other states have considered essentially identical legislation but have rejected these proposals largely because of the adverse impact on their states' residents.
Governor Quinn's office may be reached here.
We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates Program, and wish you continued success in the future.
Let your voice be heard if you disagree. Please If you are an Illinois resident, please take a moment to contact Governor Pat Quinn’s office here and register your opposition to Senate Amendment 3 to HB 3659.