Remember when one of the best things about Amazon was the fact that you didn’t pay taxes? I do, but sadly last year that ended where I am.
Now Amazon is going to start collecting sales tax in the last few states that it currently does not. This includes Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, and New Mexico.
“Maine businesses can go toe-to-toe with the very best out -of-state companies, provided they are competing on an equal playing field,” said George Gervais, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, in a statement.
“Amazon’s decision to collect and remit sales tax to the state of Maine is an important first step in leveling the playing field,” he said, noting that the increased revenue from sales levies will help lower the state’s income taxes.
If you really want to avoid sales tax, there are still a few states with no sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Oregon, Montana, and New Hampshire.
Now what is taxed will vary by state. In some states you see services such as Netflix and Hulu being taxed but not in others. Some states even have taxes on rentals such as the modem you rent from your Internet service provider.
The good news is you still have a few days left if you want to make a big purchase before taxes are added to Amazon.com.
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