Amazon Tax Timeline

Almost four years to the date after New York adopted its so-called Amazon tax, an Illinois court has found Illinois version to be unconstitutional,

This timeline reviews the history of the "Amazon tax" the past four years.

2008-04-23 23:11:08

New York Enacts Amazon Tax

New York follows the late Senator Russell Long's maxim - "don't tax you, don't tax me, tax the guy behind the tree."

2009-01-12 20:06:03

Amazon Loses in New York

New York trial court dismisses Amazon complaint.

2009-06-30 23:09:15

Rhode Island Adopts Amazon Tax

Rhode Island becomes second state to pass Amazon tax. Results in all RI affiliates being terminated and generates $0.00 in revenue.

2009-07-01 01:03:55

California Vetoes Amazon Tax

Schwarzenegger averts Overstock shutdown of California affiliates.

2009-07-01 23:11:08

Hawaii Vetoes Amazon Tax

Gov Lingle says "no".

2009-08-07 20:06:03

North Carolina adopts amazon tax

North Carolina becomes Amazon Tax State #3 and then claims the act merely restates existing law.

2010-02-24 14:51:51

Colorado Adopts Big Brother Law

Rather than require Amazon to collect sales tax, Colorado thought it would do the next best thing - make not collection more onerous than collecting.

2010-11-04 13:34:50

Split Decision in NY Appeals Court

The New York Appellate Division found the Amazon Tax not unconstitutional on its face, but remands for question of unconstitutionality as applied.

2011-01-26 14:56:53

Colorado Loses Round 1

Direct Marketing Ass'n wins injunction against Colorado law.

2011-03-10 17:45:02

Illinois adopts amazon tax

First of several states to adopt that year.

2011-04-01 08:15:17

walmart wins at home

Arkansas, home to retail giant Walmart, becomes the fifth Amazon state.

2011-05-04 08:15:17


Connecticut becomes the second New England state to adopt the Amazon tax.

2011-05-24 13:15:47


Vermont Amazon law would only go into effect if 15 states adopted Amazon tax.

2011-06-01 15:39:23

amazon sc deal

Amazon keeps SC plant open in exchange for 5 year extension.

2011-06-28 13:15:47


California adopted an Amazon tax and Amazon responds by launching a referendum campaign.

2011-09-30 20:21:23

California Compromise

Delays effective date until 9/15/12 to give Amazon chance for federal solution.

2011-12-01 20:21:23

taxation by press release

Pennsylvania announces its always had an Amazon tax, but just forgot to tell anyone. Enforcement of the law has been postponed until September 1, 2012.

2012-01-08 10:08:37

dma ko's colorado

Federal court holds Colorado law unconstitutional.

2012-02-23 13:46:31

Virginia-Amazon Deal

In exchange for opening two distribution centers in state, sales tax collection delay until September 1, 2012

2012-04-25 13:46:31


The Performance Marketing Ass'n wins first decision to hold Amazon tax is unconstitutional. No written opinion has been released.

2012-04-25 13:46:31

Amazon-texas deal

Amazon had closed Texas distribution center but will now expand operations and start collecting sales tax July 1st.

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