In a lawsuit filed this week, Amazon refuses data demands from tax collectors in North Carolina. The tax collectors are demanding detailed purchase records including customer names, addresses, and items purchased from Amazon in order to levy taxes on the purchases.
This is one in a series of cases that pit the right of the government to collect taxes against the First Amendment rights of the individual. Amazon refuses data demands in any case that might disclose what specific purchases were made by its customers. Amazon did give North Carolina tax collectors the data, but with anonymized information.
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