Not paying taxes on stuff from Amazon is one of those little (slightly unpatriotic but whatever) joys that make life worth lifeing. Right now, there are just five states that tax the online retailer, but more are eyeing the chance. Here's a map, made by Reuters with data from the University of Tennessee, of where you do and don't get hit by the tax.
The states where agreements have been made to delay taxation represent battlegrounds. Technically, any state where Amazon's got offices or distribution centers is federally fair game to be taxed. But Amazon can also fight back, like it did in Texas, where it just up and closed its distribution center. The subsequent reconciliation between the two will create jobs in Texas while assuring that other Texans don't have to cough up sales tax until
2014 July 1 of this year, and save Amazon hundreds of millions in back taxes. [Reuters]