A labor of love for four years, GPS Tracklog may be going away. What began as a spare time hobby morphed into something much larger. It takes a huge amount of time and, up till now, it’s been worthwhile thanks to sales from Amazon and other advertisers. We’re not exactly living large, but at least we’ve been surviving.
The State of North Carolina may force us to close
We dutifully pay income tax on all revenue associated with the site, but that’s not enough for the state of NC, which wants to tax Internet sales. Normally you don’t pay sales tax on Internet purchases unless a company has a physical presence in your state, right? Well, the NC legislature is going to define website owners running ads as a physical presence for Amazon and others, just like they would if they had a warehouse or storefront here. Creative, huh?
This would allow the state to tax all Amazon purchases made by NC consumers, regardless of how they got to Amazon. You might imagine that these e-commerce companies are none too happy about this. As a matter of fact, many (including Amazon) have already ended their relationship with all NC websites to avoid it.
Changing the very nature of the Web
My wife made an interesting comment. If you’ve ever researched a product online, you’ve likely come across websites like ours. As the sites grow, most people turn to advertising to justify the time spent. Imagine them all going away.
How to help
One thing you can do is sign this petition. If you are a North Carolina resident, please consider calling your legislators and tell them you are opposed to the Internet tax provisions in S202. And if you think this is just an NC issue, rest assured, this is an early salvo in an attempt to tax all Internet purchases nationwide.
Thanks to everyone for four years of fun. It’s been a blast being able to test the latest gear and bring you all the news from the world of GPS. Here’s hoping we can stick around.