The company is collecting sales tax in New York, while continuing to fight the legislation in court, as well as in Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota and Washington.

Amazon has had a nice cuddly image in the press. But it’s a rogue on taxes, demanding that it be given a leg up over stores that actually keep the money in their state’s economy.

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.