“Amazon Tax” Could Wipe Out Some Businesses By Michael McIntee | February 21, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on MN Senate Subscribe to MN Senate Follow this author Click on photo of Carri Rocha to hear how her business could be wiped out by an "amazon tax" Click on photo of Carri Rocha to hear how her business could be wiped out by an "amazon tax"A website owner from Maple Grove tells the House tax committee that trying to make Amazon.com charge sales taxes for goods sold in Minnesota will not bring in revenue and will put her out of business. Carri Rocha runs Pocketyourdollars.com, which is an Amazon affiliate reseller. If Minnesota imposes what is called a “nexus” tax, Amazon would sever their relationship with her and just sell to people in Minnesota directly to avoid the sales tax. A representative for Amazon agreed and told the tax committee that his company would likely sever relations with affiliate sellers in Minnesota if the tax were imposed. Federal solution needed Rocha said the solution needs to come from the federal government. Representative Ann Lencewski (DFL-Bloomington) has the Mall of America in her district. She says the real purpose of the tax is to bring some fairness to the system. Right now internet sellers don’t have to pay sales tax, but “bricks and mortar” retailers do, which she says is unfair. Representative Lencewski agreed there needs to be a federal solution, but the federal government won’t act. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.