Much discussion has centered on how consumers will react to the Amazon Prime price increase. There are sites offering "Is it worth it?" calculators to help shoppers input their buying habits and compare the likely shipping savings to the increased annual cost. While the reception by customers is of course important, the Prime increase also directly impacts companies in the e-commerce world that use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) for all or a significant portion of their sales.
As every business owner knows, it's important to comply with local, state and federal tax laws. But compliance can be a challenge. It's not always easy to figure out what taxes are owed on which items, even if you sell goods in one state only. If you operate in multiple states, that can complicate matters exponentially. Tax rates and taxable item categories can vary considerably from state to state. Cities can also impose their own taxes on certain items and services. And sometimes, tax regulations just don't make much sense, which leads to confusion for business owners who are struggling to accurately collect taxes from customers. Here are seven examples of bizarre taxes found in states: