The Alliance for Main Street Fairness, a lobbying group for small businesses working to eliminate Internet sales tax loopholes, criticized Amazon's decision to close the Irving center.
"Texas retailers collect and remit sales taxes every day — whether the sale happens in a store or online," said Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the group. "Amazon.com was asked to play by the same rules, and has responded by eliminating hundreds of Texas jobs. Amazon could have chosen to collect the sales tax as Texas retailers do, but instead they opted to protect their special sales tax loophole to the detriment of hardworking families."
APNewsBreak: Amazon closing TX center amid dispute - Yahoo! News
(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110210/ap_on_bi_ge/us_amazon_sales_tax_dispute - broken link)
Sounds like what Boeing did, in a way.
Boeing's Washington facility to be duplicated in South Carolina.
Boeing would much rather build the facilities to make airplanes elsewhere more quickly now so as to limit the impact of such removal of tax breaks. Further, Boeing has profit margins of about 5%. They need these tax breaks, or else they'll be even or negative. Further, those tax breaks lower the cost of the airplanes we sell overseas, who typically have enormous levies placed on imported technical machines like airplanes.
Tax break or tax loophole still equals money, heh .
It's just good business.