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One blogger in a state may be able to link to her Amazon store from her posts and get a commission from sales, but her friend in a neighboring state can not do that. This is because Amazon does not allow affiliate sales in certain states.

A self-publisher in Iowa sells his books locally at a kiosk, and the customers pay sales tax on the books. This author also receives online orders from people living in Oregon, but does not charge sales tax to them.

Joe Smith of Texas begins to sell his book cover design skills via the Internet. His PayPal receipts show his business name of “Great Graphic Designs For You,” but he has not registered that fictitious business name with the Texas Secretary of State. He can be fined because he is conducting business in a name other than his own name and has not registered that fictitious name yet.

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