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How Broke is the State of California?

by Ryan on June 29, 2011

California is so broke that they want to tax internet sales referred to retailers outside of CA by companies / individuals / websites headquartered inside of CA.

Hello,For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers – including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you – even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted. In the event that the California law does not become effective before September 30, 2011, we withdraw this notice. As of the termination date, California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to,MYHABIT.COM or Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned on or before the termination date will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from,MYHABIT.COM or

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. We are also working on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.


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Advocating to Overturn the “Accountants in Employment Act”

by Ryan on December 26, 2007

Call me totally bonkers, but I’m hereby advocating that everyone (or should I say no one because I seriously don’t think anyone actually reads this blog) use Turbotax to prepare their personal income tax returns this year. Only if you are still totally clueless and unable to understand how to prepare your return using Turobotax after trying on your own, should you then seek outside advice from your CPA. I am confident that if you follow the directions step by step, you can prepare and file your own return and save yourself at least 150 bucks, if not $500 or more for some folks.  In the event that the title of this post is confusing, the “Accountants in Employment Act” is my take on why accountants are able to make a living.  This is not real law, but rather how I refer to the US tax code in sarcastic terms.  The US tax code is so confusing, that ordinary citizens cannot handle their own personal taxes, thereby giving rise to the need for accountants.  By the way, I am one of these accountants.  I just find it funny that we create such a complicated rules (tax) system that it gives rise to an entire profession, one that I am a part of.  It sure pays the rent, but overall, the need for accountants just seems odd to me.  Life should just be more simple that having to annually consult professionals.  For the record in addition to doing my own taxes, I also cut my own hair.