Just in case you haven't heard... it looks like we're on the chopping block next. The House is currently considering HB-993 which would create a nexus in the state for retailers using affiliates (i.e. an "Amazon law").
Unfortunately, it looks like this is being driven by big businesses (ie. Home Depot, Best Buy, Target, Walmart) that feel it's too difficult to compete with sites like Amazon and Overstock, due to having to pay sales tax.
The incredibly stupid thing is - they (the legislators) won't get what they want. In other states, passing similar laws has caused Amazon to immediately close its affiliate program in the state, resulting in $0 in new sales tax.
Further, the affiliates are no longer able to earn extra income to spend in state (or to pay state taxes on), and larger affiliates may move their business out of state. Thus resulting in even less income for the state.
Here are a couple links:
Georgia's effort to collect taxes on Internet sales | Political Insider
Governor Deal, Don't Put Us Out Of Business
Georgia House Bill 993
Georgia Affiliates vs. Gov. Deal and Home Depot
Georgia Affiliates Are Screwed
Please contact your representatives, contact the committe members that are sponsoring this, and contact the governor... and let them know what a lousy idea this is. Ask your friends and family to do the same!
(And, frankly, I'm going to spend alot LESS time/money with big retailers and look for MORE ways to shop online, just to spite them. What they're proposing isn't just bad for us, personally, it's bad for the entire state and will likely result in LESS tax revenue at the state level.)
Thanks, and sorry if it's been mentioned here already... I hadn't seen anything pop up yet.