6/20/2011 11:28 AM
Barry Harrell reported on the Austin American-Statesman's blog today that a draft conference report on SB 1 is being circulated that grants amazon.com a 4.5 year exemption from collecting sales tax in exchange for creating 5,000 new jobs in the state. Click here to read the blog post.
Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a bill by Rep. John Otto (R-Dayton) to clarify what constitutes "taxable nexus" for purposes of having the physical presence in the state necessary for the state to require collection of state sales tax. The Otto bill then showed up on SB 1, and the House overwhelmingly voted to keep it there. Amazon is currently in litigation with Comptroller Susan Combs about whether it has nexus in Texas. The Otto bill would not directly affect the amazon case, but it would clarify the law for similar situations in the future.