Monday, August 3, 2015

PA sets fall target for $300M/yr Amazon tax effort

State tax collectors target Amazon, online retailers

PA sets fall target for $300M/yr Amazon tax effort


"Pennsylvania plans to begin collecting sales taxes Sept. 1 by Internet retailers, including, that have a physical presence in the state," writes Journal of Commerce here.

"State officials had scheduled the start of collection for Feb. 1 but pushed back the date after some online retailers said they needed more time to adjust software and systems... Pennsylvania officials say the state missed out on $345 million in sales tax revenue last year from Internet and catalog sales by retailers such as Amazon," which has built a string of warehouses employing thousands in central PA.

"Amazon, the largest online retailer, has dropped its opposition to federal legislation to allow taxation of online sales, and has struck deals with several states, including South Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana, to begin collecting taxes in the next few years."

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