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04/19/2011 01:36 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2011

Taxpayers May Be Audited For Amazon Purchases

Among the many rather thuggish hissy fits Amazon has thrown at states who want it to collect sales taxes like all the other retailers within their borders, the fit the behemoth from Seattle threw at Texas was among its nastiest: when the state presented it with a bill for $269 million dollars due in uncollected sales taxes, the company said it would fire all of its 119 employees there and close a major distribution center in the town of Irving if they were actually forced to, er, pay their taxes.

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