Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceCorporations · 2 months ago

Amazon used to not charge sales tax, why did they suddenly start?

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  • 1 month ago

    The sales tax laws finally caught up to them and they were sued. Some of the laws were a bit fuzzy, so the courts clarified them See this article from early 2017 

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  • Judy
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    2 months ago

    The sales tax laws finally caught up to them and they were sued. Some of the laws were a bit fuzzy, so the courts clarified them See this article from early 2017

    https://money.cnn.com/2017/03/29/technology/amazon... .

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  • 2 months ago

    The states' taxing departments made a big fuss over losing revenue and Federal government approved a practice to require most major internet providers to collect and forward state taxes.

    • A Hunch
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      2 months agoReport

      There is no federal sales tax.  The federal government does not have anything to do with state or local sales tax regulations. 

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  • 2 months ago

    When the government made them. It wasn't their choice.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    laws were passed. Same for ebay.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because the law was changed to include taxes for online purchases. It wasn't their doing, it was the State's.

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  • 2 months ago

    Lawsuits from State DAs, about the lack of State Sales Tax revenue.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    E bay doe's also. It's probably because in some states you must / suppose to  pay sales tax on  out of state purchase's on your tax form.The state your from will receive the sales tax. Now lets be honest, how many cheat their state out of sales tax from purchases from out of state ? I know of one many years ago.

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  • 2 months ago

    It’s been years since amazon hasn’t charged taxes. 

    A lot of companies (mostly small businesses) were complaining that amazon had an unfair advantage because most states don’t require taxes on internet goods if the company doesn’t have a storefront in that state. Amazon operates out of a warehouse back then. Why would people buy something from a store and pay taxes when they can order from amazon at the same price or cheaper and not pay taxes. States were also complaining that they were losing out on money once they found out how much amazon was taking in. 

    Amazon said it would be happy to charge taxes but they can’t because of state rules. Once the laws were changed, amazon started collecting taxes. 

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  • James
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    2 months ago

    the Supreme Court made them

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