Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Win For Bookstores

Yesterday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Eileen Bransten released her order to dismiss the lawsuit filed by asking for relief from the state law that requires online retailers to collect sales tax on their sales made in New York.

Shelf Awareness reported this morning on Judge Bransten's opinion:
Amazon failed to make a case and 'there is no basis upon which Amazon can prevail,' . . . The neutral statute simply obligates out-of-state sellers to shoulder their fair share of the tax-collection burden when using New Yorkers to earn profit from other New Yorkers.'
Bookstores everywhere are celebrating this ruling, which would have given an edge in New York if they were permitted not to collect the sales tax while the bookstores are obligated to collect that same sales tax.

Hurray for Judge Bransten!

More on this ruling once I get my hands on today's Wall Street Journal.

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