taxes.gifIn an effort to balance our state budget, our legislators have included a section in their budget bill that will be extremely detrimental to the Compu-KISS website and ultimately to our Compu-KISS website visitors.

North Carolina bill, SB 202, Section 27C.2 has language that is commonly referred to as "affiliate nexus" language. This specifies that state sales tax is due and to be collected by an online retailer when the online retailer uses an in state affiliate to sell its products.

The Compu-KISS website is supported by affiliate programs. So when you click on an Amazon or Dell or HSN link on the site, a small portion of the retailer's profit comes back to Compu-KISS. This money is used to pay for web hosting and programming fees so that we can offer our web visitors free access to our information.

We have already been informed by Amazon and several other large affiliates that if this legislation is passed they will sever their ties with all North Carolina affiliates. This means that our financial support will be cut off and the state will not see a penny from their legislation. It will only hurt the small businesses in North Carolina and hurt web visitors if we have to charge them for information.

A bill of this type was passed in NY last year and has had a devastating effect on small web businesses in that state.It is also bad for the average online computer user because in the long run more websites will have to charge for information that is now free. On top of that, some will pay state tax for online purchases and other will not. It is simply unjust.

There is similar legislation pending in Maryland, California, and Connecticut. If you in North Carolina or one of these other states, please use your voice to oppose the affiliate nexus in bills in your state. You can find the email addresses and telephone numbers of your state representatives on the state websites.

North Carolina residents can find their representatives by district, county, or zip code at the General Assembly of NC website. Please support this website by contacting them immediately.  Although this was expected to go to a vote before July 1, lawmakers have delayed their decision, so there is still time to complain!!

Here are a few other legislative contacts for those of you in North Carolina.

Majority Leader, Senator Tony Rand Phone: (919) 733-9892 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator David Hoyle Phone: (919) 733-5734 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

President Pro Tempore, Senator Marc Basnight Phone: (919) 733-6854 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Governor Bev Perdue, Phone: 919/733-4240 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chairman House Finance Committee, Representative Paul Luebke Phone: 919-733-7663 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Speaker of the House Representative, Joe Hackney Phone: 919-733-3451 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Majority Leader, Representative Hugh Holliman Phone: 919-715-0873 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.