Amazon will start collecting sales tax in Vermont
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Expect to pay a little more if you order from Amazon.
That’s because starting February the online giant will start collecting Vermont sales tax.
In Vermont, that tax is 6 percent so if you spend $100 on something that will go up $6.
“We are pleased to hear that Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales and use tax to the State of Vermont on February 1. This is an important step towards creating equity between our local stores in Vermont and online retailers. This brings Vermont in line with more than 30 U.S. taxing jurisdictions where Amazon is collecting and remitting sales tax,” said Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Taxes.
Vermont’s tax department says not only will this bring more money into the state, it will also help local brick and mortar stores compete with online giants.
Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe released the following statement:
“Six years ago a fellow Senator and I introduced a bill requiring online retailers to collect and remit Vermont sales tax. It was a basic matter of fairness for us. In the six years since, large online retailers have been unwilling to play on the same level field with local brick and mortar stores, contributing to the closure of some of them.
And the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association released this statement:
“The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association is pleased that Amazon will begin collecting Vermont sales tax on February 1. Vermont retailers - mostly small, locally-owned and operated stores - compete each and every day with large online retailers. Many of those online retailers do not charge the state’s sales tax, providing them with an unfair advantage over Vermont-based businesses and denying the state revenue it should be receiving. Vermont retailers work hard to provide quality products, meet the needs and price points of customers, and support our communities in a way that no online retailer will. Leveling the playing field by requiring all online retailers to collect the sales tax will allow all of our members to better serve Vermonters. We thank our congressional delegates, especially Congressman Peter Welch for championing the Main Street Fairness Act in Washington DC, and the Vermont legislators, including Representative Janet Ancel and Senator Tim Ashe, that have worked toward leveling the playing field here in Vermont, ” said Erin Sigrist, president of VRGA.