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Old 04-28-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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It is now being reported by WYFF that Amazon was not only planning to build a distribution center in Lexington County that would have employed 1,000+ people but also in Spartanburg County too. Well, I hope you guys who were against this tax break are happy now. More people on welfare which will equal higher taxes and deficit in the future.
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:24 PM
 
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It is now being reported by WYFF that Amazon was not only planning to build a distribution center in Lexington County that would have employed 1,000+ people but also in Spartanburg County too. Well, I hope you guys who were against this tax break are happy now. More people on welfare which will equal higher taxes and deficit in the future.
Oh PUH-lease. And you believe these Amazon *******s? They were also planning to build in Chattanooga and Iowa and PA and here and there and everywhere. Read up on them. Seems Amazon is playing state against state....looking for the free land, tax breaks, on and on. Funny they would not have announced this second distro center before. Suddenly, after the sales tax issue was voted on, THEN suddenly they were going to build multiple DC's in SC. Yep. Right. Sure.
Players....plain and simple.

And for all the moaning about losing Amazon, has anyone looked at all the incentives they WERE getting? Free land, no property tax, federal tax credits for every employee hired, on and on......at some point, the freebies have to stop. Amazon is a private corporation, not a government entity.
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I'm all for reasonable tax abatements or other incentives to attract the right kinds of businesses, but it seems they had a deal all signed & sealed, then started asking for more. Shame on you, Amazon.
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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It appears they had a verbal agreement with Sanford but for some reason the sales tax exemption wasn't part of the official incentives package. I don't know why, but it doesn't seem like they were asking for more than they were originally promised.

As far as Amazon planning to also build in the Upstate, I wonder if that was really the case or if it's just saying that to see if the House will change its mind. Seems a little suspect to mention this now instead of from the start.

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Old 04-28-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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As far as Amazon planning to also build in the Upstate, I wonder if that was really the case or if it's just saying that to see if the House will change its mind. Seems a little suspect to mention this now instead of from the start.
Exactly.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:07 PM
 
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I would rather amazon not be in SC at all than be here without a tax break on their customers, since I don't want to pay taxes on my amazon purchases (I buy almost everything through amazon), regardless of how selfish that may be :P
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Just because internet retailers aren't required to take out taxes on purchases out of state does not mean you aren't supposed to pay taxes on those purchases. There's even a line on your SC tax return to fill in.
use tax due on out-of-state, internet and catalog purchases
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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So you guys think it's perfectly fine to give these huge tax breaks to Boeing and BMW but not Amazon? Name one company the size of Amazon that doesn't look for free land and incentives. Heck, the City of Greenville is paying for Proterra's lease in their current building even.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Surf city, NC
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So you guys think it's perfectly fine to give these huge tax breaks to Boeing and BMW but not Amazon? Name one company the size of Amazon that doesn't look for free land and incentives. Heck, the City of Greenville is paying for Proterra's lease in their current building even.


I agree that seems par of the course when trying to get said business into your town or state.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:23 PM
 
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So you guys think it's perfectly fine to give these huge tax breaks to Boeing and BMW but not Amazon? Name one company the size of Amazon that doesn't look for free land and incentives. Heck, the City of Greenville is paying for Proterra's lease in their current building even.
g-man....Amazon DID get tax breaks and incentives. The same type as Boeing or BMW. In addition, because Amazon is a RETAILER, they want to be exempt from SALES TAX. An entirely different animal. BMW and Boeing are manufacturers....not retailers.

And for the record, BMW and Boeing create tons of spin-off high tech industry and suppliers. Amazon creates additional packages for UPS or Fed Ex and that is about it.....other than the fact all the trucks servicing a distro center put major wear and tear on the roads and highways. Come to think of it, maybe Amazon should pay SC for use of the roads?
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