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Amazon Opposes Sales Tax, Says Will Fight US States

Online retail giant Amazon has said that it would fight against several US states who are planning to force it to charge sales tax from their users.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that company will stand its ground on the issue, which is being pushed by the Californian government in particular.

The CEO also said that even if it’s forced to charge sales tax in some states, it won’t harm its competitive edge over rivals. Amazon already charges the value added tax in some European markets.

“We think our position is a good one. And we'll stick with that." Bezos said during an Amazon shareholder meeting.

Amazon has claimed that it will be too hard for the internet retailers to go through the intricacies of sales taxes mentioned in more than 7,500 tax jurisdiction in the country.

Bezos also predicted that in the next ten years there might be a simplified way to charge users with sales tax.

"I believe we'll have the simplified sales-tax initiative passed. I hope it might happen much sooner than that. It's the right thing to do, and I think it would be great for Amazon." Bezos said, according to a report on Seattle Times (opens in new tab).

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