The party is about to end. The trend toward charging sales tax for online purchases is unstoppable. Whose fault is it? Amazon.
Because of Amazon, mostly. The massive online retailer has tried hard to keep its physical presence limited to a small number of states so most shoppers wouldn’t have to pay sales tax. But the e-tail giant’s insane revenues have had state tax officials salivating for years. Meanwhile, brick-and-mortar stores have long complained that online retailers have an unfair advantage because they can circumvent sales tax. So starting in 2008, states began implementing an “Amazon tax” that applies to Amazon and similar online retailers like Overstock.com. Over the years, 19 states have adopted some version of this tax.
The trend is clear.