We regret to inform you that the North Carolina state legislature (the
General Assembly) appears ready to enact an unconstitutional
tax collection scheme that would leave Amazon.com little choice but
to end its relationships with North Carolina-based Associates.
... because the new law is drafted to go into effect once enacted –
which could happen in the next two weeks – we will have to terminate the
participation of all North Carolina residents in the Amazon Associates
program on or before that same day. After the termination day, we will no longer
pay any referral fees for customers referred to Amazon.com or Endless.com nor
will we accept new applications for the Associates program from North Carolina
The unfortunate consequences of this legislation on North
Carolina residents like you were explained in detail to key senators and
representatives in Raleigh, including the leadership of the Senate, House, and both chambers’ finance committees. Other states, including Maryland, Minnesota, and Tennessee, considered nearly identical schemes, but rejected these proposals largely because of the adverse impact on their states’
The government is not looking out for our best interests anymore, we need to pay close attention from this point on!