Simon Property Group Suing Indiana

Indiana-Simon Property Group, a shopping mall developer, is suing Indiana because “Main Street” retailers are being harmed by the state’s failure to collect sales tax from Amazon.com. The state’s failure to collect sales tax on sales made by Amazon is creating an unequal playing field in Indiana that jeopardizes the existence of Main Street retailers and threatened the employment of retail employees.

Simon has ownership or interest in 391 retail real estate properties in North America, Europe, and Asia. A complaint was filed against the state of Indiana and is not seeking monetary damages. “As a proud Indiana company which employs thousands of Hoosiers, Simon Property Group believes we have a responsibility to ensure the laws are equally applied to everyone. This action is being filed to benefit all of Indiana’s taxpayers and the state’s brick-and-mortar retailers, many of which are SPG’s tenants at its 27 shopping centers in Indiana.”

A 900,000 square foot fulfillment center is planned to open in Plainfield, Indiana, announced by Amazon back in July.