January 8, 2021 – Chicago Tribune – When Isabel Rubinas launched Lollipop Seeds in 2012, the upscale children’s boutique was a small storefront in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, and the fulfillment of a lifelong entrepreneurial dream.
The venture is now a virtual storefront on Amazon embroiled in a nightmarish battle with the taxman 2,000 miles away.
Rubinas, who runs Lollipop Seeds from the kitchen table of her Glen Ellyn home, is suing California after the state froze her bank account and seized more than $2,300 last month in a dispute over uncollected sales tax on goods sold through Amazon.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Chicago federal court, alleges the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is unfairly pursuing Rubinas and other third-party Amazon merchants for sales tax incurred before the e-commerce giant began collecting it in 2019.
“It’s basically going to be the end of my business,” Rubinas, 42, told the Tribune.
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