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[–] redgreenpill 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Paying higher shipping costs doesn't equal paying higher taxes.

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[–] rspix000 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

"Trump attacks Amazon saying it doesn't pay enough taxes. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/us/politics/trump-amazon-taxes.html

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[–] redgreenpill 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Ah I had only heard about the USPS agreement that Amazon had. I interpreted the cartoon to imply he's saying Amazon should pay a higher income tax, presumably out of their profit and just because they have so much of it. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the artist's intent. However, the tweet refers to state & local taxes which is historically more about the collection and remitting of regional sales tax, which their smaller competitors typically can't escape. ABC news goes into some of this history in their coverage of the story: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-trump-attacks-amazon-tweet/story?id=54093899

In there, they note the research director at the ITEP (Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy) explaining that "Amazon has openly fought against collecting state sales taxes, arguing that it would be forced to increased prices on its goods. Amazon and other online retail companies like Overstock have lost court cases with that argument" ... "If you look back in time, a big part of Amazon's business strategy was not collecting the same sales taxes that its competitors had to collect".

So while the cartoon suggests that Trump wants Amazon to pay more than its fair share of taxes overall, it looks more like he his saying Amazon is not collecting & remitting its fair share of taxes from consumers, giving Amazon an unfair competitive advantage. I can only imagine what the MSM headlines would say if Trump had gone the other way and said local businesses should have to collect & pay less taxes so that they remain competitive with the likes of Amazon.