Trump has talked about using antitrust law to "go after" the company because he is anxious about mom-and-pop retailers being put out of business by Amazon, Axios reported, citing five sources it said had discussed the issue with him.
Amazon could hurt the postal service - and other package companies - if it successfully shifts more of its delivery to its own delivery network, which it's been slowly building out over the past few years.
The Wall Street Journal also observed that Amazon collects billions of dollars in state sales tax throughout the USA and stated that allegations that Amazon may have an unfair competitive advantage are "quarter-baked".
The tax issue has faded a bit since Amazon began collecting sales taxes nationwide on purchases from its own inventory, though some loopholes remain.
"'If this was five years ago, the tweet would be making a very compelling point, ' said Carl Davis, the research director of the left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy". And he could thwart Amazon's aspirations to win a multibillion dollar Pentagon contract for cloud services. In the 2017 fiscal year, the agency reported a net loss of $2.7 billion; the previous three years, it incurred losses of almost twice that amount.
"Amazon vendors that can run through the Amazon Marketplace ... don't collect the sales tax".
Revenues from parcel deliveries are up but it hasn't been enough to offset the sharp decline in letter revenue, which has been a big problem for the postal service since the rise of email and online billing.
For a time, many people selling things on Amazon would set themselves up in states with little or no state income tax, and then declare that all the income they earned in the US should be taxed as though it was from there, regardless of where the buyer was from.
Following the release of the article, the White House was asked if there is a plan to target Amazon but Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said no said specific policies were now being considered.
Trump's attacks on Amazon reflect a broader debate about its effect on the US economy.
"If there is a law that regulates how you tax third-party sellers, it's going to apply to everyone and Amazon's position will remain the same", said Steve Chiavarone, a portfolio manager at Federated Investors.
Sources say Amazon had cut ties from the lobbying firms last Friday and in their place hired Paul Brathwaite of Federal Street Strategies LLC and Josh Holly of Holly Strategies Inc, both of whom have previously worked as outside lobbyists for Airbnb Inc and Oracle. But is Amazon paying little or no taxes to states and local governments? In 2017, the loss was $2.74 billion.
Concerns over Amazon taking business away from brick-and-mortar retailers have led to efforts in local state legislatures and in Congress to find ways to make sure e-commerce can thrive without breaking the back of local retail operations. "So has Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Kroger and any other superstore that took share from small businesses".
"A lot of people have made this, with respect to Amazon, about personalities and the CEO at Amazon - we're talking about Jeff Bezos here", he said on Thursday on the Fox News channel.
According to several media reports, Trump's much aversion to the Amazon comes from the fact that its CEO Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post, whose coverage the President has lashed out frequently. "It's really about policy".