Saturday, February 12, 2011

Amazon.com shutting Irving office over tax dispute

Amazon.com shutting Irving office over tax dispute Dallas-Fort Worth Business News - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News

As a result of an ongoing tax dispute with Texas, Amazon.com has decided to take its ball and go home.
The online retailer said Thursday that it would shutter its Irving distribution facility April 12 and cancel plans to hire as many as 1,000 additional workers rather than pay Texas what the state says is owed in uncollected sales tax.

Texas wants $269 million from Seattle-based Amazon in past-due sales tax. It sent the bill to the company last October.

“Despite much hard work and the support of other Texas officials, we’ve been unable to come to a resolution with the Texas comptroller’s office,” Dave Clark, vice president of operations for the facility, said in a letter sent to its employees here announcing the closure.

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