Group seeks Amazon boycott over sales tax fight

August 15, 2011 - 5:30 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales tax.

The nonprofits along with several state lawmakers Monday called on Amazon to "stop cheating California" by trying to repeal the law through a ballot referendum.

Amazon's opponents announced a Web campaign intended to organize opposition efforts and explain how customers can close their accounts.

Amazon.com Inc. did not immediately respond to an email and a call for comment Monday.

Lawmakers in June approved a measure to expand collection of California sales tax to more Internet retailers, estimating it would bring in at least $200 million a year.

Amazon has spent $3 million fighting that law.

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