Starting April 1st, Amazon will collect sales tax nationwide. The e-commerce site has been steadily adding more and more states to their list of jurisdictions from which it collects sales tax, and starting in just a few days, the last of the qualified states - Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, and New Mexico - will complete the list. Only Alaska, Delaware, Oregon, Montana, and New Hampshire will be exempt from sales tax.
As Amazon continues to open more data centers, warehouses, and facilities across the United States, they are falling more and more under the law that requires retailers to gather sales tax if they physically occupy the same state where buyers are residing. Although shoppers may not appreciate this new collection of taxes, many government officials are claiming that this will give smaller businesses the opportunity to compete with Amazon as taxes serve to balance the playing field. Moreover, the revenue generated from taxes will help lower a state's income taxes.
If you're in one of the new states that will undergo Amazon's new sales levies, how do you feel about it? Let us know in the comments below!