Amazon.com;sales tax exemption

House stands with state’s small businesses

Congratulations to the South Carolina House! Yesterday after nearly two hours of hot debate, Representatives voted not to give Amazon.com an exemption from collecting sales tax on in-state purchases. The vote turned out not to be even close. A clear bi-partisan majority in the House established a new principle for…

Amazon will build in Lexington Co. without tax deal or we’ll see them in court

It’s not often in a political debate that a key argument of one side gets exposed as a complete fraud. This is one of those rare times. From the beginning of the Amazon.com controversy it was almost universally accepted that giving the company an exemption from collecting sales tax from…

Amazon’s tantrum

Last week legislation was introduced in both the South Carolina House and Senate to exempt Amazon.com from collecting sales tax on sales to South Carolina residents from its proposed distribution center in Lexington County. The bills have an uphill fight. My earlier blogs lay out the arguments against the Amazon deal:April…

Amazon.com: The bigger picture

Today the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center will be holding a press conference to show its support for Amazon.com locating in Lexington County. This is certainly good economic news for that county and for the Midlands. The 1250 full-time jobs Amazon.com says it will create are welcomed. The South Carolina…

Selling Small Businesses down the Amazon

Amazon.com wants you to buy from them and not from our local small businesses. And the company wants to use your tax dollars to make that happen. That’s what all the controversy is about over the proposed sales tax exemption for a new Amazon distribution center in Lexington County. Should…