On June 29, 2011 California Governor Jerry Brown signed a tax bill that forced out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on purchases made by California residents if those retailers had a "nexus" within California. Upon the signing of the bill, Amazon immediately terminated its thousands of California-based Associates, thus elminating the "nexus." Shortly thereafter, Amazon began a referendum process to allow California voters to overturn the new law.
More recently, Amazon extended an olive branch to Governor Brown and the California legislature and a compromise bill was introduced. Assembly Bill 155 requires Amazon to start collecting sales tax on purchases made by California residents starting in September 2012 if Amazon is unable to come up with a federal deal in which a uniform online sales tax policy is adopted by Congress by next July. On September 23, 2011 Governor Brown signed AB 155.
With this compromise in place I was curious if Amazon would reinstate their California-based Associate accounts so I shot off an E-mail to Amazon to ask that very question. Here is the reply I recieved from Amazon on September 25, 2011:
As you may have heard, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation repealing the law that forced us to terminate our California Associates.
We're working to relaunch the Amazon.com Associates Program in California as soon as possible. In the next few days, we'll reach out to all affected past Amazon.com Associates with information how to re-open their accounts.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Good news, indeed! Perhaps Amazon will go the extra mile and give California Associates credit for purchases made through their sites since June 29, 2011? Time will tell.