Amazon (retailer)

11:04am

Mon April 22, 2013
Planet Money

Why Amazon Supports An Online Sales-Tax Bill

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 1:10 pm

Paul Sakuma AP

If you:

1. Live in a state that charges sales tax

and

2. Buy something from an online store that does not charge you sales tax,

then you are supposed to:

3. Calculate the sales tax yourself and add it onto your annual state tax bill.

Not surprisingly, as we reported last week, almost no one actually does this.

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1:55am

Tue April 16, 2013
Planet Money

Most People Are Supposed To Pay This Tax. Almost Nobody Actually Pays It.

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 12:17 pm

Amazon doesn't charge sales tax in most states — but you may still be on the hook to pay the tax.
Scott Sady AP

The majority of Americans have now filed their taxes. And the majority of Americans have done so incorrectly.

There is one mistake, in particular, that lots of people made: They bought tax-free things online or in another state — and they failed to pay tax on their purchase in their home state.

It's called a use tax. As far as I can tell, accountants and tax lawyers are some of the only people who pay it.

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6:06am

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Author And Wife Of Amazon CEO Defends Online Retailer

Mackenzie Bezos and Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com attend the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Mackenzie Bezos, the author of the novel Traps and the wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, defended the company publicly for the first time to The Times [paywall protected], calling it "great for authors and books." She herself is not published by Amazon.
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5:55pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Books News & Features

Amazon Could Expand Recommendation Services With Goodreads Purchase

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Online retailer Amazon has acquired Goodreads. It's a popular site where people who love to read exchange reviews and recommendations about books. As NPR's Lynn Neary reports, Amazon now has a powerful new tool for enhancing its customers' ability to find out about books they might want to buy.

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5:32am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Is Amazon Building A CIA Cloud?

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 11:44 am

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveils new Kindle reading devices at a press conference in 2012.
David McNew Getty Images

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