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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2644 - October 04, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065    3 of 4

Amazon Reopens Affiliate Program to California Residents

By Ina Steiner
October 04, 2011

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Amazon.com reopened its affiliate program to California residents after having recently reached a compromise with the state over the sales tax issue. Amazon had ejected California members from its Associates Program in late June after the state passed a bill requiring companies that marketed themselves through California businesses collect sales tax on items sold in the state.

The state has since signed legislation repealing the law but that will require online retailers with substantial affiliate networks in the state to begin collecting sales taxes beginning in September of next year - unless Congress passes legislation to address the tax obligations for ecommerce firms at the national level.

Amazon supports one such measure introduced earlier this year by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).

Amazon said California Associates whose accounts were closed due to the prior legislation will be able to re-enroll in the Program and would retain all prior account settings, including login, Associates ID, and payment information.

However, only Californian Associates whose accounts had been closed by Amazon as a result of the now-repealed earlier law are eligible to re-enroll. Associates will have the same ID and Tracking IDs as they had prior to the closure. However, traffic referred while their accounts were closed will not be eligible for advertising fees.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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