Based in Missouri and an Amazon Affiliate? Your operating agreement will be terminated on August 28

buy-from-amazonIt pays to read your suppliers’ notices and check the details of any contract changes. All Amazon Affiliate Account Operating Agreements with Missouri residents will be terminated on August 28. Why? It’s because of changes to Missouri’s state tax laws.

Somehow I missed both the implication of changes to the tax laws, and Amazon’s first notification of the contract change. Fortunately I saw today’s Amazon terms and conditions update, which included the following:

Associates Program Operating Agreement – Section 2 (Enrollment), Fourth Paragraph

August 28, 2013 version

“In addition, if at any time following your enrollment in the Program you become a resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, or Rhode Island, you will become ineligible to participate in the Program, and this Operating Agreement will automatically terminate, on the date you establish residency in that state. In addition, you must promptly notify us in writing of your Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, or Rhode Island residency, which you may do via the Contact Associates Customer Service form available here.”

August 1, 2013 version

“In addition, if at any time following your enrollment in the Program you become a resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, or Rhode Island, you will become ineligible to participate in the Program, and this Operating Agreement will automatically terminate, on the date you establish residency in that state. In addition, you must promptly notify us in writing of your Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, or Rhode Island residency, which you may do via the Contact Associates Customer Service form available here.”

For me this isn’t such a big deal, as it only impacts our hobby site – www.ozarkswalkabout.com where we have an Amazon store to recoup the expense of operating the site. The biggest nuisance is going to be removing the store and all the associated links. For others this could be disastrous, both financially and in terms of setting up a suitable replacement.

Moral of the story – check the impact of any changes to tax rules, and always read the updates your suppliers send out.

What do you think?