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Amazon will begin collecting sales tax in California on Saturday. Local merchants have been waiting for this day for more than a decade. Now that it has arrived, though, they are tempering their joy at the company’s apparent surrender. Amazon To Begin Collecting Sales Tax In California From Saturday [nytimes.com]
Amazon started collecting taxes in Texas this summer, and in Pennsylvania on Sept. 1. New Jersey’s turn will come next summer, and several other states over the next two years. The company seems to be surrendering on the tax issue mostly in those states where it sees strategic value in new warehouses. Company officials say they hoped to see a national sales tax law in place that will supersede state laws.
(For those unaware, California's use tax law states that purchasers are still legally responsible for paying tax on out of state/online purchases- not that many do.)