SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed compromise legislation this morning between Amazon.com and California's brick-and-mortar retailers, giving the online giant a one-year reprieve from collecting state sales taxes.
Brown signed Assembly Bill 155, by Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, at an event at Gap Inc. headquarters in San Francisco. Brown's wife and unpaid adviser, Anne Gust Brown, worked at Gap as general counsel and then executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief compliance officer, leaving the company in 2005.
The bill would avoid a ballot fight over online sales tax by giving Amazon.com and other online retailers until July 31, 2012, to lobby Congress for national standards. If they fail to do so, they would be required to collect the taxes beginning a year from now.
Brown said the bill represents a fair compromise that will create jobs.