Apr 092012

I’m super happy about this news: Federal court tosses 2010 Colorado Amazon tax law:

A federal court has thrown out a 2010 Colorado law meant to spur online retailers like Amazon to collect state sales tax.

The law had already been temporarily blocked in federal court last year, but U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn’s ruling Friday permanently handcuffs it. “I conclude that the veil provided by the words of the act and the regulations is too thin to support the conclusion that the act and the regulations regulate in-state and out-of-state retailers even-handedly,” Blackburn wrote in his opinion. The law and the rules to carry it out “impose an undue burden on interstate commerce” and are unconstitutional, the judge wrote.

It’s not clear whether the State of Colorado will appeal this ruling… but I hope not! Amazon hasn’t yet instituted its affiliate program in Colorado. When Ari Armstrong inquired with them, they said:

Thank you for contacting us regarding rejoining the Associates program. At this point, we’re evaluating the decision from the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. We’d welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to Colorado residents. We’ll contact you if we are able to re-open the program in the future.

As Ari says in his post, “Hopefully, the Associates program will again become available. Now will the legislature kindly leave us the hell alone to earn money?”

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