has reportedly clinched a tentative deal with legislative leaders in California to begin collecting sales taxes in September 2012 in exchange for dropping a voter referendum drive aimed at repealing a recently passed law that would require online retailers to collect sales taxes.

Amazon has so far refused to collect taxes from its customers in California since the law was passed in June. Instead, it quickly followed through with threats to drop about 25,000 affiliate partners in California that provided links on their Web sites to Amazon in exchange for a cut of the sales revenue. The company has also spent about $5 million on a referendum to be placed on the ballot giving voters a chance to repeal the law (see Amazon Pushes Referendum to Change California Sales Tax Law).

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