The Fiscal Times: Tax-Free Shopping on Amazon Is Over

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As recently as 2011, Amazon was collecting sales tax in just five states, home to 11 percent of the country’s population, according to Carl Davis of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. But a few years ago, as Amazon began to pursue a strategy of expanding its network of distribution and data centers to improve its delivery times, it gave up the fight. State officials — like those in Colorado — have also been crafting creative laws to encourage online retailers to collect the sales tax. Read more