sales tax exemption

Amazon’s deal re-visited

The battle over state sales tax being collected by on-line retailers like Amazon has now moved to Congress.  Amazon, which this year won a battle in South Carolina receiving a reprieve from collecting sales tax on in-state sales in exchange for building a distribution center in Lexington County, apparently has…

Amazon and Mitt

Below are two must-read editorials from this weekend. The first by Cindi Scoppe, Associate Editor of The State, accurately analyzes the meaning of the recent House vote to give Amazon.com an exemption from collecting sales tax. But most legislators acknowledge that there was a serious question of fairness in this…

What’s the value of our advocacy? How about $35 million and 751 jobs!

According to newspaper accounts, this past Tuesday night Amazon executive Paul Misener called Representative Kenny Bingham to say that the retail giant was willing to increase the number of jobs and investment in the state to help win House approval of the Amazon.com sales tax deal. This came after over…

Better use for Amazon’s incentive dollars

The opinion editorial below by Frank Knapp ran today in The State.———————————————————————————————- Better use for Amazon’s incentive dollars By FRANK KNAPP JR. When the S.C. House voted to support our state’s small retailers by not giving in to Amazon.com’s incentive demands to build a distribution center, predictions of doom erupted.…

Amazon not giving up

The Amazon.com lobbyists must be busy working the phones to our state legislators and emailing them copies of the story in Saturday’s State. “Amazon vote drives off two firms”, screams the headline. The story goes on to quote Lexington County leaders who have been at the fore front in pushing…