DENVER (CBS4) – Amazon.com won’t say if it plans to return to Colorado after a federal court ruling Tuesday.
A judge struck down a Colorado law that required all online retailers to bill customers for sales tax or report purchase histories to the state so it could collect the money.
Amazon cut ties with its affiliates in Colorado after the law was passed two years ago, putting some of those small retailers out of business.
Republican lawmakers opposed the law. They tried to repeal it last year saying it was an undue burden on small retailers and an invasion of privacy.
“I think it’s a great day for taxpayers. I think that the judge upheld what we had long said; that this was a violation of the interstate commerce clause. The judge agreed and this was best settled at the federal level, which we said at the beginning,” said Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Colorado Springs.
Three bills are pending before Congress right now that would give all states the authority to collect online sales taxes.