questionswill the new amazon warehouse affect your state…

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They put 2 warehouses in TN last year. However, they came to an agreement with the state officials that they would leave it up to the customer to pay their own taxes at the end of the year... like most people would actually do that. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they start collecting. Once the state officials see that people aren't actually paying it.

I remember when the negotiations first started, they told the legislatures that either they could put it in TN and not collect tax, or they'd put it in GA and/or AR. I guess the state couldn't stand not getting those 2500 or so jobs that were being created.

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They're building a distribution center in Va. and will start collecting taxes here also. I guess that means that Woot! will also.

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Amazon starts collecting sales tax in Texas sometime in July. I'm not thrilled, but also not surprised. Not having to pay sales tax was too good to last.

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TL;DR: Meh, I'm not happy about having to pay salestax but I tend to see it as a necessary evil.

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As more and more people buy things online from out of state, it lessens the sales taxes collected by in-state businesses and thus it becomes more and more important for the states to get their share of those out-of-state purchases. This is made even more important as the economy has slowed and reduced the money available to most states via other means.

Amazon is one of the biggest online retailers so it is easy to understand why states go after them first.

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On the one hand, it is nice to get a discount (ie. not pay sales tax).

On the other hand, education, roads and other infrastructure, police and the court systems, programs that help the needy, and many other things that benefit most of us to some extent all cost money that rarely comes from private sources (and probably shouldn't as it would allow for discrimination).

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I'll just keep having my stuff shipped to my parent's in DE... Don't have to worry about sales tax at all that way.

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Nope, not me. Around here we don't like them tight jeans wearin', cappichino sippin', beard growin' freaks from Seattle.

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@gt0163c: Too bad. That's going to make Amazon a lot less competitive price-wise. I'll have to see what I want from there asap.

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Doesn't your state collect sales tax on internet purchases regardless? I know Michigan does, if you're buying something from another state and you don't get taxed on it you're supposed to pay the Michigan rate at the end of the year. That's assuming you're going to be using said items in the state of Michigan.

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I'm not thrilled, and I do not like Christie, but it's a small price to pay (literally) for all the deals I get on Amazon.

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We just moved to Seattle from MT where we had no sales tax so in general I am pissed off at taxes right now. However, Amazon already charges some form of tax if you live in WA I’m not sure what the 2013 is about ? However, all online purchases have it now and I have to admit it’s a big turn off from the price comparison and convenience of online shopping.

I really want a refund on my Prime because I use it 1/3rd as much as I did before I moved and if I asked I suppose I would get it but its not really amazons fault so I'm not asking them but yeah it stinks big time and it makes alot of online deals not nearly as good.

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Maybe there will be fewer posts stating that a particular deal is cheaper on Amazon, as Amazon does not charge sales tax. It kind of irritated me as I live in Washington state and it seems that I have been paying sales tax at Amazon for as long as I have been ordering from them.

@djbowman: Amazon still has some very good deals and sometimes they have items that you cannot get locally. I just ordered an intake manifold for my brother from Amazon (it was cheaper by 50% and with Prime, I got it sent to him very quickly)

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They still don't collect for AZ and the warehouse is basically down the street. Though oddly they do collect for kindle books & mp3s. Why AZ has figured out digital items, but not physical items, is beyond me.

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Thankfully no.

I'm hopeful that it will continue to be this way, but know that my time will come as well...hopefully I'll still be able to ship to another state (live in the Quad Cities - IL/IA).

That's what I have to do with TigerDirect purchases right now...just ship them to IA and we're golden! :)

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I live in New Hampshire, so no sales tax, luckily. Live Free or Die!

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Amazon's building a new warehouse in central california, not sure when this will effect sales tax.

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This is pretty funny... A few months ago Amazon took all their business out of California because they didn't agree with taxing Californians. Now I hear they're building a new warehouse so either they told Governor Brown to go screw himself or they settled with him.

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So far it shouldn't affect mine since they have no physical presence in AR.

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I think it is important that local taxes be levied on internet purchases. Otherwise local businesses can't compete, which is bad for most of the people who live where you live, if not for you personally. Think of it as an investment in your community's future.