Amazon Tax Break being Pushed Again

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Opposing sides of a proposed sales tax exemption for Amazon.com are gearing up for a re-vote in the South Carolina House. The Lexington County Republican Party is holding a news conference Tuesday morning to ask legislators to support the deal. A group of retailers that Wal-Mart helped organize is running print and broadcast advertisements opposing it. Hours after last month’s rejection, the online retailer announced it was abandoning plans to open a distribution center in Lexington County and create 1,250 full-time jobs with health benefits. Amazon sought a five-year exemption from collecting sales taxes from online shoppers in South Carolina. Supporters say the break costs the state nothing because the company doesn’t collect the tax now. Opponents contend the exemption isn’t fair to local retailers who must collect the tax. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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