Mall giant sues Indiana to tax Amazon.com sales
Thursday, November 3, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The nation's biggest mall operator is suing the state of Indiana to try to force it to collect taxes from Amazon.com Inc. for all sales made in the state.
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group filed a complaint Thursday in Marion County seeking to force the Indiana Department of Revenue to collect the sales taxes.
Simon says it's not seeking monetary damages but was suing "to benefit all of Indiana's taxpayers and the state's bricks-and-mortar retailers." Simon operates 27 Indiana shopping centers.
Amazon operates three Indiana distribution warehouses and plans to open a fourth.
Revenue Department spokesman Bob Dittmer says the agency has not seen the lawsuit yet and has no immediate comment. A message seeking comment was left on a media telephone line at Seattle-based Amazon.com.