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    Texas Gov. vetoes online tax bill
    According to the Austin American Statesman:

    "Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed legislation that was aimed at tightening the stateís rules on when online retailers must collect sales taxes on Texas transactions, the billís author said this morning. Perry had earlier criticized Comptroller Susan Combs for moving to collect $269 million from Amazon.com for uncollected sales taxes....''

    Read more at the Austin American Statesman

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    Great news for Texas affiliates. I don't have a lot of faith in Jerry Brown to do the same here.
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    FYI..... Veto may be overturned this week.

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    +1 for Perry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey99 View Post
    FYI..... Veto may be overturned this week.
    Any idea how the veto can be overturned?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    Any idea how the veto can be overturned?
    Don't know Texas' specific rule, but the general rule among states is a 2/3 vote in both house of the state legislature.
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    It looks like they're trying to include it in an omnibus spending bill:

    Statesman.com: House breaks with Perry, won’t kill online sales tax-related provision
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    Does anyone know the details of the latest Texas online tax bill and how it affects affiliates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey99 View Post
    Does anyone know the details of the latest Texas online tax bill and how it affects affiliates?
    Otto is trying to close the loophole Amazon was using when it operated a Texas shipping center via a subsidiary. Amazon publicly called this subsidiary an "affiliate" of theirs. This has caused great confusion in the press, who lumped shipping centers in with the Amazon Associates program when reporting on the issue.

    Otto also had a strange section in his original bill that went after sales tax from businesses that had servers in Texas and sold digital goods. e.g. downloadable music, movies, games, etc. Not sure if this portion of the bill has survived.

    To be honest, I stopped tracking this closely when I realized Otto's bill didn't include the standard "Affiliate Nexus" language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by isellstuff View Post
    Otto also had a strange section in his original bill that went after sales tax from businesses that had servers in Texas and sold digital goods. e.g. downloadable music, movies, games, etc. Not sure if this portion of the bill has survived.
    Do believe that was removed...

    http://www.abestweb.com/forums/1069500-post10.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    Just checked, yes it was removed. BTW, the blog post you referenced pre-dates the Otto bill. The time line was:

    "Comptroller Scares Everyone with Servers in Texas"
    "Comptroller backs away from issue, after the scope of companies affected is realized"
    "Otto introduces bill, HB-2403 that tries to clarify original comptroller statement on Texas servers"
    "Server/electronic sales portion of bill is removed while in the house committee"
    "Revised Bill Passes Senate"
    "Governor Vetos HB-2403"

    Here is HB-2403's history
    Texas Legislature Online - 82(R) Text for HB 2403

    I tried to find the modified Otto language in SB-1 and HB-1, but could not locate it. Those bills are absolutely huge.
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    Here's an article from this past week...

    http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Texas-Clears-Up-Server-Nexus-E-Commerce-Sales-Tax-Issue-72638.html?wlc=1308341991

    References HB 1841
    http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/html/HB01841I.htm
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