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Hawaii Affiliates Taking Action

Affiliates in Hawaii are trying to convince Governor Lingle to veto Hawaii HB1405, the bill that would force out of state merchants to collect and remit sales tax. Dean Takamine is leading the way and is taking active measures to see if he can halt HB1405. Dean has organized a Ning social network called Hawaii Affiliate Tax. I urge all affiliates from Hawaii to join his efforts. Dean has met with Senator Fukunaga and a lobbyist from Amazon. As I mentioned here a few months back, Amazon and other merchants have indicated that they will terminate affiliates from Hawaii.

As I mentioned in a couple of earlier posts, time is running out in Hawaii. Affiliates need to speak out now.  If you think working on stopping the passage of a bill is hard wait until you see how hard it is to work on a repeal. The battle to repeal a law, especially one that generates revenue, is extremely difficult.

According to her website, Governor Lingle welcomes input on pending legislation. Although I am in NY I have sent her my thoughts. My thoughts are based on experience. As a New York affiliate my business was destroyed last year by the Internet tax law that was passed here. My story is similar to that of thousands of other NY affiliates, the bulk of whom are now silent, the bulk of whom have moved on.

I wish Dean and all affiliates in Hawaii the best. If I can help in any way please let me know. You have my support and my voice.

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  • Blogfevr June 18, 2009, 3:51 am

    Amazon just send letters to all NC affiliates informing them that they plan to terminate their affiliate accounts if the proposed nexus legislation passes the NC general assembly.

  • Troy June 26, 2009, 5:04 am

    Amazon has just sent letters to Hawaii Affiliates.

    We regret to inform you that the Hawaii state legislature has passed an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that, unless vetoed soon by Governor Lingle, would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with Hawaii-based Associates. You are receiving this e-mail because our records indicate that you are an Amazon Associate and resident of Hawaii.
    Please note that this is not an immediate termination notice and you are still a valued participant in the Associates Program. All referral fees earned on qualified traffic will continue to be paid as planned.
    But because the new law is drafted to go into effect July 1st, we will have to terminate the participation of all Hawaii residents in the Amazon Associates program on or before that day. After the termination day, we will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to Amazon.com or Endless.com nor will we accept new applications for the Associates program from Hawaii residents.
    The unfortunate consequences of this legislation on Hawaii residents like you were explained in detail to key senators and representatives in Honolulu, including the sponsors, committee leaders, and House-Senate conferees. We also have explained by letter these unfortunate consequences to Governor Lingle, and have twice requested her veto.
    Note that other states, including Maryland, Minnesota, and Tennessee, considered nearly identical schemes, but rejected these proposals largely because of the adverse impact on their states’ residents.
    Governor Lingle’s website is http://hawaii.gov/gov, the Hawaii legislature’s website is http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/, and additional information may be obtained from the Performance Marketing Alliance.
    We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates program, and we will apprise you of next steps.

    Sincerely,
    Amazon.com

  • Melanie June 26, 2009, 6:04 am

    Thanks Troy, my email box is flooded with news of this.

    If Affiliate Voice can be of any help please let us know. We are actively working on this issue.

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