Don't Mess with Taxes. February 11, 2011 2:25 PMSubscribe
Amazon.com's state sales tax fight took a dramatic turn as plans were announced to close the online retailer's Irving, Texas distribution center by April 12. Amazon would not confirm the total number of employees who worked at the fulfillment center, but did announce plans to offer positions in other states to employees willing to relocate. Amazon blames the closure on Texas' "unfavorable regulatory climate." Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs' office billed Amazon for some $269 million in unpaid sales taxes for a five year period, adding that the state estimates $600 million in lost sales taxes each year due to interstate online sales. Amazon filed suit against the state of Texas in January, demanding it produce an audit for the bill. However Texas comptroller's office withheld the report, citing the Attorney General's opinion that it was protected by attorney-client privilege.