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California Hits Philly-Area Amazon Seller With $1.6 Million Sales-Tax Bill



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Brian Freifelder, who sells clothing, shoes, and groceries on out of a small warehouse in Bensalem, is caught in what his tax lawyer called “an interstate commerce speed trap.”
The 36-year-old Bucks County resident recently received a jaw-dropping notice from California that he could owe as much as $1.6 million for sales tax that he didn’t collect from consumers who bought his goods through Amazon.
That’s just for the first six months of this year.
“It’s absurd. I haven’t sold enough inventory over time to warrant a tax bill like that. You could take every sale I’ve ever done. You could take the biggest sellers on Amazon, and I don’t think they would have a bill like that. They’re trying to scare people,” Freifelder said last week.

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