North Carolina Forces Amazon Associates to Leave

TechCrunch is reporting that Amazon Associates members in North Carolina are having their memberships discontinued because the state of North Carolina will be taxing Amazon Associates payouts.  Amazon Associates is a program that allows members to get referral fees for directing customers to Amazon.com.  I’m not a huge fan of internet-type taxes, but this law forces Amazon to collect sales taxes (I don’t quite know what on, because the Amazon Associates member isn’t purchasing anything) to raise minimal revenue (the source of which will dry up, since Amazon is dropping the program in North Carolina).  Apparently online music and e-book purchases (think iTunes or Amazon Kindle) will also be charged sales tax.