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Amazon.com Will Collect Massachusetts State Sales Tax Next Year

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.

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," said Patrick, 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.

An Lai December 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Nh is still only 15 minutes away from Taxachusetts....sorry for Mass merchants. We'll go where we save money on big items.
Jeff Barry December 13, 2012 at 03:01 AM
>> I appreciate Amazon’s willingness to work with us to reach an >> agreement that will benefit both the commonwealth’s businesses >> and Massachusetts taxpayers... I don't get the logic here. Just how is paying more taxes going to benefit the taxpayer? I knew there was a reason I didn't vote for Patrick.
Jeff Barry December 13, 2012 at 03:03 AM
It had better be a big-ticket item then, since the price of the gas needed to get there and back will swamp the savings on sales tax for less costly purchases. :-(

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