Almost half of all U.S. states now require Amazon.com to collect sales tax from purchasers. Since 1992, the number of states requiring retailers with a
"physical presence" to collect tax has been rising. States have some leeway in defining “physical presence,” making it difficult for internet retailers
to figure out sales compliance requirements and the business cost of compliance in each state.
The following 23 states now require online retailers to levy a state sales tax on Amazon purchases, according to Amazon.com. The amount of tax charged
on an order depends on the identity of the seller, type of item purchased and destination of the shipment.
5. North Dakota
12. West Virginia
14. North Carolina
19. New Jersey
22. New York
Additional states are expected to join the list in upcoming years. Amazon.com updates the list of states subject to internet sales tax at About Sales Tax.
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