"We're now able to re-open the program because the Illinois State Supreme Court recently struck down legislation that had forced Amazon to close the program to residents of Illinois," the email said.
After the Illinois General Assembly passed a law two years ago requiring online vendors to collect sales tax on Internet sales, Amazon withdrew its state associates' program.
Ending Amazon's Associate program wasn't financially devastating for Harvard, Illinois' Sarah Flashing, who is a private website developer, but it cut into her revenue enough to be noticed, she said. She's happy the program is back.
"Occasionally someone who clicked through from my site would buy something else with a much larger commission," Flashing told Illinois Review. "It was a great incentive to do more book reviews and earn a few bucks a month to support my own reading habits."
In October the Illinois Supreme Court, in a 6 to 1 decision, struck down Illinois' two year old Amazon tax law, determining it violated a pre-emptive federal decree prohibiting "discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce."
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals filed by Amazon and Overstock.com that challenged the ability of states to collect sales tax on items sold online by out-of-state retailers.
Amazon's email said it strongly supports federal legislation like the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) that’s now pending before Congress, which, they said "is the only constitutional way to resolve interstate sales tax collection issues."
Overstock.com and eBay are among those that vehemently oppose the MFA as being too burdensome.