I just received an email from the Amazon affiliate program that let me know of a bill in NC that is close to passing. If this bill passes Amazon will sever its relationship with all of its North Carolina residents because of the tax on affiliate marketing in the state. This unconstitutional tax will not only hurt NC, it will force its residents out of state.
I don’t rely heavily on Amazon for my income, but this is a trend that other affiliate programs will follow as well. New York tried this tax, and what happened? People moved to CT to continue their affiliate marketing businesses. Politicians need to realize that this will not HELP their budget. If this tax will stop Amazon from working with affiliates in the state, then they will just move. It’s like taking away their jobs. Many of these politicians probably don’t even realize what affiliate marketing is, and that’s what makes this bill so dangerous.
This bill in NC is part of a larger plan to raise taxes to bring in revenue. But since when does taxing people to death actually help them?
This is a personal issue for me because I am a resident of North Carolina. I am trying to fight this bill from passing, as they are trying to ram it through as soon as possible. I encourage any and all of you living in NC to write your congressmen and representatives. If you don’t stand up now, you may not have a chance to.
You can email your state rep or congressman by going to this website: http://www.ncleg.net/GIS/RandR07/Representation.html#byZIP.
You can just enter your zip code to get the email addresses of the people to contact. Please inform them of this terrible decision and why it will be so devastating to affiliate marketers across the state and to the state itself. It’s up to us now.