Friday, April 27, 2012

Texas Comptroller & Agreement brings 2500 jobs & Millions in Investments to TX

Not long ago it was discovered that Amazon was operating a facility in Texas without paying sales tax. This of course was a problem because everyone else in Texas pays sales tax, including the small local bookstores. A little over a year later, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has announced an agreement with Amazon that settles the tax dispute and will bring 2,500 new jobs to Texas and $200 million in capital investments. This is great news for the Texas economy. This is also great news for because Texas is very business friendly and Amazon will enjoy a great environment in which to do business. Texas has fared much better than other states in this economic downturn and many companies are moving to Texas to enjoy the business friendly environment.

Susan Combs and Amazon also went a step further by calling on Congress to make a more simplified and more equitable framework that protects states' rights.

Press Release from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Regarding Amazon Agreement:

Online Retailer and Texas Leadership Call for Federal Action on Sales Tax

(AUSTIN, TX and SEATTLE, WA) — Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs and, Inc. today announced an agreement that will lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs in Texas by the online retailer.

According to the agreement between the Comptroller of Public Accounts and Amazon, the Company plans over the next four years to create at least 2,500 jobs and make at least $200 million in capital investments in the state and will begin to collect and remit Texas sales tax on July 1, 2012. The agreement resolves all sales tax issues between Texas and Amazon.

“We thank Amazon for partnering with us to find a solution that works for our state,” said Combs. “This is an important step in leveling the playing field in Texas; however, Congress should enact federal legislation that will give states access to revenues that are already due, which would resolve this issue fairly for all retailers and all states.”

“Amazon looks forward to creating thousands of new jobs in Texas and we appreciate Comptroller Combs working with us to advance federal legislation,” said Amazon Vice President of Global Public Policy Paul Misener. “We strongly support the creation of a simplified and equitable federal framework, because Congressional action will protect states’ rights, level the playing field for all sellers, and give states like Texas the ability to obtain all the sales tax revenue that is already due.”

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  1. So I will not have to start paying more taxes on my purchases and this is supposed to be a good conservative outcome?

    How is requiring me to send more money to the state conservative?

  2. So much for Amazon - this is the second taxing nonsense imposed on non-brick and mortar, even non-Texas based businesses in a year that negatively impac Texas Residents. Have you tried to buy Wine from our of state lately?

    This is NOT conservativism and not what we elected you RINOs to do.

  3. To play the devil's advocate, Texas is very friendly to businesses and has not income tax. We do have a sales tax and the mom and pop book stores all have to pay sales tax on books they sell in Texas. It was established in law and in the supreme court that if you are a business in Texas and sell anything to people in Texas then you have to pay the sales tax. The comptroller just enforced the law. I honestly have not looked into this law so you might very well be right that this law is flawed and should be changed. I will not argue against you on that and would love to hear the arguments against the law because I honestly have not looked into it. this post was about the settlement and I did not go into any detail about the law itself and whether or not it should be changed

  4. Good post David.
    Just as we council folks to "talk less and say more " I council folks to vote for Ultra conservative candidates so we can have "fewer laws and less lawlessness"