Yes. Of course. Because Amazon won’t pull their affiliate program out of Maryland – thus making the entire exercise moot – the moment that it passes. Just like they didn’t do it in North Carolina or Rhode Island, and just like they aren’t still thinking about doing it in New York, depending on how the court cases go.
And before I hear about how this won’t have any effect on individual affiliates, so Amazon.com is being absurd:
The bill would require a Web retailer like Amazon.com to charge sales tax on orders to Maryland customers if the retailer gets more than $10,000 in sales a year from affiliate marketers — sites run by businesses or individuals in the state that have contracts to send sales traffic to large retailers.
Ten grand in sales, not profit. That’s small. How small? Let me put it this way: MoeLane.com’s referrals last year would have required Amazon to collect sales tax. Not that I saw ten grand in revenue, or even a tenth of that (and the amount that I did see was duly taxed by the State of Maryland, even though as far as I can tell the State of Maryland didn’t do anything specific to earn its cut). And if these Senatorial idiots Richard S. Madaleno and Ulysses Currie (both Democrats, of course) have their way, I – and the State of Maryland – won’t see a tenth of that tenth, because my Amazon Associates account will be terminated before the ink’s dry on the signature of their shiny new law.
And then nobody gets any money.
My only comfort is that I didn’t actually vote for any of these people. Being a Republican, and everything.
PS: Full disclosure, in case it isn’t obvious: I am an affiliate of Amazon.com (ahem). At least, for right now.