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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development; August 3, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Jobseekers in middle Tennessee are invited to begin applying at Tennessee Career Centers on Monday, August 6, for jobs at Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Lebanon and Murfreesboro. These new fulfillment centers will fill customer orders for Amazon and the […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam insists a federal plan requiring online merchants to collect sales taxes is the way to go, despite it meaning online shoppers would be forced to cough up more money for government to spend. Fresh from testifying before Congress in favor of such a plan, Haslam told reporters Wednesday the current system is […]

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Press Release from NetChoice, July 23, 2012: Washington, D.C. – NetChoice Executive Director Steve DelBianco today testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the dangers of enacting the Main Street Fairness Act (H.R. 3179). While the proposal is intended to put traditional brick-and-mortar retailers on a level playing field with online retailers, it widely misses […]

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Press release from the Department of Labor & Workforce Development; June 29, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Jobseekers in middle Tennessee are invited to begin applying at Tennessee Career Centers on Monday, July 2, for jobs at Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Lebanon and Murfreesboro. These new fulfillment centers will fill customer orders for Amazon and the many […]

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Lawmakers spent much of last year riding a political roller coaster to define Amazon.com’s role in collecting sales taxes from online shoppers. This week they made their first move to approve a deal reached between the state and the online retail titan. Just a day before Gov. Bill Haslam toured the new Amazon warehouse in […]

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News Release from Amazon.com; Dec. 22, 2011:  Nashville, TN – Dec. 22, 2011 – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced Amazon’s plans to open two new fulfillment centers in Tennessee, creating over 1,300 new jobs and $135 million in investment in the state. Together with existing facilities in Wilson, Hamilton and Bradley Counties, […]

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Tennessee revenue officials say they are taking steps to ensure the public understands they’re supposed to be paying sales taxes when they shop online, although very few taxpayers do it. Last year, the state collected $4.8 million in use taxes voluntarily paid. Economists suggest in the same period, the state was owed more than $300 […]

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The Senate Finance Committee chairman says he hopes this will settle the matter of Amazon’s tax status and suggests that the overall online sales tax issue should go through the courts to be resolved nationally, because he believes Congress is unlikely to act to bring uniformity to the collection of state sales taxes.

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Political leaders characterized a new tax deal the state has struck with Amazon as an improvement on an earlier deal rather than a reversal of position. The Bredesen administration had given Amazon a pass on collecting sales taxes. A new Haslam plan requires collection starting in 2014 and expands Amazon’s presence here.

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Retailers immediately criticized a deal the state has struck with Amazon, saying the government was “meddling in the free market.” The agreement announced Thursday by Gov. Bill Haslam calls for the company to hire 3,500 full-time workers in the state, and begin charging Tennesseans sales tax in 2014.

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The attorney general affirmed the wide latitude that the Revenue commissioner has in tax decisions. Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he had just heard about the opinion and had little comment.

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Press Release from The Alliance for Main Street Fairness in Tennessee; Oct. 4, 2011:  Tennessee Attorney General States Amazon Has Nexus; If Internet Retailer Can Collect In Golden State, It Can Collect In Volunteer State?  Nashville, TN – The Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) in Tennessee today issued the following statement in response to […]

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