Bloggers and website owners in the state of Missouri are quite unhappy with the latest Amazon Associate Agreement updated on August 21. It will take affect August 28, and Amazon emailed all their affiliates about the changes. The STLToday also had a story on Aug. 20 about the changes for Missouri entrepreneurs.
The state of Missouri has been added to the list of states in which the Amazon affiliate program is no longer operating. Missouri joins Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina and Rhode Island on the list of states which require the blogger or site owner to notify Amazon immediately if they move there.
Due to sales tax issues with the state of Missouri, Amazon will no longer allow these online entrepreneurs in Missouri to use commission links to recommend Amazon merchandise on blogs, websites, and social media. Amazon.com has been embroiled in sales tax issues for years. Typically they are not forced to collect sales tax on orders from the states unless there are Amazon operations located there. Missouri determined that these Amazon affiliate referrals constitute doing business in the state of Missouri.
Since this means that the collection of state sales tax will be required on all sales to Missouri if they continue the Amazon Associates Program in the state, Amazon opted to discontinue it. This will be a hardship for many work-at-home online entrepreneurs who support their family through blogging and websites.
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