Hawaii is the latest state to be hit with the Amazon Tax. Since Hawaii’s economy has been suffering (as many others) their lawmakers have passed legislation that will require companies to collect sales tax if they have affiliates in the state.
This is forcing Amazon to terminate their affiliate program in Hawaii
North Carolina, Rhode Island and New York have already applied this legislation, and Amazon was forced to terminate those relationships as well.
Here is a email excerpt from Amazon to it’s Hawaiian affiliates:
We were forced to take this unfortunate action in anticipation of actual enactment because of the uncertainty and timing of a veto, and the possibility that a veto could be overridden,
This is definitely continued bad news in the world of affiliate marketing. There is a possibility that Hawaii could veto this legislation, they have until July 15th. Amazon did not want to stick around though.