Amazon.com says it's still committed to delivering products by drone despite new federal rules that it considers an obstacle to commercial use of unmanned aircraft. Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president for global policy, said the FAA's proposed new rules "wouldn't allow Prime Air to operate in the United States.'' Prime Air is the name of Amazon's developmental program for drone delivery. Misner called for rules that would address Amazon's plan for using drones to deliver packages.
Amazon on Wednesday reiterated its call for federal legislation that would pave the way for states to begin requiring online sellers from out of state to remit sales taxes, urging members of the Senate Commerce Committee to rally behind the Marketplace Fairness Act. In his opening statement at a hearing considering the bill, Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president for global public policy, rattled off a litany of objections to the proposal that have been raised over the many years that the issue has been up for debate, offering an answer to each. Misener told lawmakers that the bill would
Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2012 -- Paul Misener, vice president, Amazon global public policy, testified today before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. Following are his prepared remarks: Thank you, Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Hutchison, for inviting me to testify. Amazon has long supported an even-handed nationwide framework for state sales tax collection, and only Congress may create this framework. To this end, Amazon believes that Congress should authorize the states to require out-of-state sellers to collect the sales tax already owed, and we strongly support enactment of S. 1832, a bipartisan bill already before the Senate. Mr. Chairman,
The gig is up for Indiana fans of tax-free, online shopping at Amazon. In two years, the state will begin to collect sales tax for Amazon.com purchases made within the state. Until now and like many web sites, customers have been skipping out on paying sales tax one benefit of online shopping. They agree with us that all of those who sell remotely Internet catalog or otherwiseought to soon as possible start collecting what is duly owed the taxes owed Indiana or most other states, Paul Misener, vice president of Global Public Policy for Amazon.com, said. Governor Mitch Daniels
A proposal from a bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators to allow state governments to collect sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers is drawing a mixed reaction from some major Internet businesses. The group is led by Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. They announced Wednesday that they're introducing a bill to allow states that adopt the same administrative procedures to require online sellers to collect taxes. Under the bill dubbed the "Marketplace Fairness Act," state governments that don't accept the national standard could still collect sales taxes only if they agree to some
SEATTLE — Amazon.com announced that it supports the federal bill introduced this morning by United States Senators Enzi, Durbin, and Alexander, that would create a constitutional framework for collecting sales tax online. “Amazon strongly supports enactment of the Enzi-Durbin-Alexander bill and will work with Congress, retailers, and the states to get this bi-partisan legislation passed,” said Paul Misener, Amazon VP global public policy. “It’s a win-win resolution – and as analysts have noted, Amazon offers customers the best prices with or without sales tax.” If enacted, the Enzi-Durbin-Alexander bill will allow states to require out of state retailers to