The Coastal Packet: Amazon to pay Maine sales tax

Tuesday, March 21

Amazon to pay Maine sales tax

Bangor Daily News - Online retail giant Amazon plans to start collecting sales tax April 1 on items sold to Maine residents, according to a report by WMTW.

State officials with the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development confirmed the decision late Monday, saying it would put Maine businesses on a level playing field with sellers on the online marketplace.

“Amazon’s decision to collect and remit sales tax to the state of Maine is an important first step in leveling the playing field,” George Gervais, commissioner of the department, said.

The change will add 5.5 percent to the price of items sold through Amazon, and the decision follows similar moves in other states. Maine is one of only six states where Amazon does not collect and send sales tax to state government.

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