Utah's agreement does spell out that Amazon has no liability for past tax collections and assures that the state will claim no authority to audit it for previous years.
"There's not a lot in it," agreed Tax Commission spokesman Charlie Roberts. "My understanding is it is pretty much a boilerplate."
The Tax Commission has repeatedly said that the only financial incentive for Amazon is the same 1.31 percent handling fee that every large retailer gets to keep for collecting Utah state and local sales taxes.
That information does not appear in the contract disclosed Friday.
The only things redacted from the agreement were the company's federal tax number and the signature of the Amazon official who signed the document, Roberts said.
He added that there were other related documents that the Records Committee reviewed in private and determined were properly labeled as confidential.
Connor Boyack, head of the Libertas Institute, which had appealed the Tax Commission's denial of its open-records request for the contract, said he wasn't surprised at the dearth of revealing information in the document.
Still he wonders about Amazon's motivation to voluntarily begin collecting taxes. "We've been curious about that and the agreement is silent about that," Boyack said.
"The question is if they're not legally bound, why is Amazon making these agreements with every state? That question remains unanswered."