California, taxes, and Amazon; Sept 8

The Lamorinda Democratic Club will host David Clark, who will lead a discussion on “Sales Tax, Use Tax, and Amazon,” at its regular monthly meeting September 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (social and business meeting), at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, located at 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Inc., the world’s largest online retailer, hasn’t charged sales tax in most states since its founding in 1994. And it has taken some extreme measures to keep it that way. Clark will attempt to explain what is now going on between California and Amazon.

David Clark is a Partner in the Novato CPA firm of Boerio, Clark & Magid CPAs, LLP, where he specializes in tax planning. He is also an attorney licensed to practice in California and a board member of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.


  1. Richard S. Colman says

    Let’s get rid of the California sales tax . In 1966, the sales tax was 3%. Now, in most of Contra Costra County, the sales tax is 8,25%. Until July 1, 2011, the Contra Costa sales tax was was 9.25% (and 9.75% in Concord). The California economy was much better in 1966 than it is today. When Californians buy merchandise from an out-of-state vendor — a vendor which has no physical presence (nexus) in Californnia — the buyer is supposed to pay voluntarily a California use tax, but not a vendor-collected sales tax. For more about the use tax, see Line 95 of the California income tax form (Form 540). Almost no one in California pays the use tax. So let’s abolish the sales tax and the use tax. Prosperity should soon return.

    Richard Colman
    Orinda, CA
    Sept. 7, 2011