Amazon.com Will Collect State Sales Tax in 2013

The Internet retailer said the collection would begin in time for next year's holiday shopping season.

Checking out at Amazon.com will be a little pricier starting next November.

Gov. Deval Patrick's office announced the deal Tuesday, stating the company would be adding jobs to Massachusetts in the next few years, WBZ reported.

Amazon.com and Patrick said they would work together to support a federal bill allowing individual states to collect sales tax in states where they have no physical location.

"I value the contributions large and small employers alike make to Massachusetts' economic vitality, and this agreement captures that," Patrick said in a statement. "We are thankful Amazon was willing to come to the table and we will continue our conversations with them about creating jobs here. This agreement is a win for all sides, and I am pleased it promises to generate millions in long-term revenue for the commonwealth."

Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez said while he's pleased with the progress, that to receive the full benefit of the taxes paid, the feds have to act.

"I appreciate Amazon’s willingness to work with us to reach an agreement that will benefit both the commonwealth’s businesses and Massachusetts taxpayers," said Gonzalez. "However, Massachusetts and other states will receive the majority of the revenue owed only when Congress passes federal legislation, and we encourage Congress to act."

Will this change how you shop online? Tell us in the comments.


Vivian Merrill December 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Depends on the item. For everyday small stuff, it's either not worth the gas to go to NH or I don't have time unless I'm there for a number of errands. Pay cash for big ticket items when possible eliminates credit card tracking. I don't buy much stuff online, so it really doesn't matter. Clothes and food aren't taxed, and there's plenty of furniture being sold at yard sales and craig's list to get me by without worrying about taxes or online shopping.
Rod Willette January 06, 2013 at 03:32 PM
When that kicks in is when i'll stop buying on amazon
MarkG January 06, 2013 at 03:37 PM
You do realize that in theory you're supposed to pay taxes on those purchases, just like you're supposed to pay taxes to MA for things purchased in NH, right?


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