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RAN’s Run-Around could Cost Nevada Jobs

“The Retail Association of Nevada (RAN) proposed an amendment to Senate Bill 34,” to force e-commerce companies to collect and remit Nevada sales taxes on online purchases, reports Ben Spillman of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “But a lobbyist for Amazon.com warned the move might force the company to pull its work force out of Nevada, saying it favors a national system to collect sales tax on online purchases.”

Spillman noted that “Amazon would rather collect and remit sales taxes under a uniform, federal system” rather than subject itself to a patchwork of collection systems on a state-by-state basis, which is what the Retail Association is attempting to do this legislative session.

“To avoid complications associated with a state-based system, (Amazon’s lobbyist) said, Amazon would consider moving out of Nevada,” the story continued. “Amazon operates a warehouse and shipment center that employs about 1,300 people in Fernley.”

Great. Just what Nevada needs: more unemployed Nevadans.