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Big Retailers Prod Amazon.com on Sales Tax

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Big-box retailers have reportedly joined the push to force online retail giant Amazon.com (AMZN) to charge sales tax.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT) and other big retailers are backing a coalition – Alliance for Mainstreet Fairness – that is putting pressure on politicians to change sales-tax laws in more than a dozen states like Texas and California.

Other retailers said to have joined the fight include Best Buy (BBY), Sears (SHLD) and Home Depot (HD).

Because Seattle-based Amazon.com is an online retailer, it doesn’t have to collect sales tax in most states. Only companies that have a physical presence in a state must charge sales taxes.

Amazon.com currently tacks on a sales tax fee in only Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, Washington and New York, according to the Journal.

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Alliance for Main Street Fairness had only been associated with mom-and-pop stores up until receiving recent support from big names like Target, the paper reported.

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The big retailers may be hoping to capitalize on efforts to increase state revenue amid a myriad of budget crises.

Shares of Amazon.com eased 0.8% to $163.34 Thursday morning, leaving them more than 8% in the red for the year. Larger retailers like Target and Wal-Mart ticked slightly higher.

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