I have been an Amazon Associate and just put my novel But This Is Different for sale on Kindle only to get a letter from Amazon that all Associates in California are terminated because of the new California tax law. I'm trying to find out from Amazon if this effects Kindle sales and I just keep getting back automated responses with links to fight the new law. Does anyone know anymore about this or how to directly contact someone at Amazon?
I don't know how to contact them, Mary, but the affiliate program is separate from selling books on Amazon. You will get paid for sales, but not for referrals.
And if California follows New York City's lead a few years ago, they will relent and change their tax law to allow their citizens to resume being affiliates without counting as Amazon retail stores in California (which allows California to demand sales tax for all of Amazon's sales to California addresses, as they have just done). The issue is not Amazon sales, but whether the presence of affiliates makes Amazon an in-state retailer subject to sales tax. The feds say without in-state bricks and mortar stores, online sellers are exempt from collecting sales tax.
Patty, thanks for getting back to me. I really appreciate your response.
Great info. I was wondering this myself as I'm sure hundreds of other writers are!