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Over the last two weeks, the dispute between Amazon, the online retailer, and the Comptroller of Public Accounts for the State of Texas has reached new heights. On Friday, February 11, 2011, Amazon advised its employees by letter that it would be closing the distribution facility in Irving, Texas, (which is owned by a subsidiary company), that it would relocate its facility and existing employees outside Texas, and would cancel expansion plans that would have created 1,000 new jobs. This latest move by Amazon follows the $269 million tax bill that Texas issued to Amazon in October 2010 for failing to collect sales tax on sales into Texas and Amazon's lawsuit filed to force the Comptroller to explain the factual and legal basis for the tax bill. Amazon is appealing the tax bill though the administrative appeal process available in Texas.