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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is continuing to punish Illinois residents with a new sales tax on internet sales. The “Mainstreet Fairness Bill” is supposed to level the playing field for Illinois businesses to compete with online vendors, but is actually causing online companies to sever their ties to Illinois. Another brilliant move by the governor elected by 2 counties..

Last Thursday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the “Mainstreet Fairness Bill” and immediately imposed new taxes on all online retailers with business partners in the state. For the Democrats in charge, passing the largest tax hike in the Prairie States history this past January, adding the equivalent of $1,600 per year to the average personal income tax bill, was apparently not enough of an assault on those of us who still – albeit foolishly – live in financially and politically bankrupt Illinois.

Rather than place the burden for cleaning up the states budgetary mess only on physical residents of Illinois, Governor Quinn and a totally complicit legislature Republicans included have now forcefully enlisted the help of innocent outsiders. The new legislation requires internet stores, even those without a single outlet in the state, collect and remit taxes for all sales made through their Illinois-based affiliates. Doing so purportedly levels the playing field between brick-and-mortar businesses who must tax purchases and their untaxed online competitors.

But more than merely increase the cost of living for Illinoisans in yet another way, the law also has unfortunate consequences for non-profit and philanthropic organizations. Immediately following the bills passage Amazon.com notified its Illinois affiliates that as of April 15th their contracts with the Amazon Associates Program will be terminated.

For Full Article:  American Thinker Blog: Amazon.com drops Illinois affiliates in the wake of internet tax.

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