At midnight on June 30, 2018, Amazon barred sales from its USA store to Australia.
Amazon claimed that changes to Australia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST), requiring businesses around the world levy the 10% charge at the place of sale was onerous. Rather, they protested, Australia should levy its own tax at its own border. Continue reading
July 1, 2018.
Dawn broke over the milking yards Downunder as the roosters clucked and the hens crowed, for Amazon USA had indeed blocked shipments to Australia and everything was now topsy.
Then it all went quiet as an emu climbed atop a wombat for a peck at the shearer’s screen. Sure enough, the message from Mr. Bezos there didn’t make sense. Continue reading
Late last week, the US Supreme Court ruled that US businesses must levy State sales taxes on all goods sold according to each target State’s regime thresholds.
In giving its opinion the court revealed that Amazon is already complying with this burden. In other words Amazon’s computers are dealing with roughly 50 separate sales taxes—and nary a hiccup’s been heard. Continue reading
Late last week Amazon Dot Com announced it would block its US website to Australia beginning July 1. Continue reading