News to begin collecting Pennsylvania sales tax

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 29, 2012 9:17 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Amazon says it will start collecting Pennsylvania sales tax on orders that are shipped to the state, beginning Saturday.

The Seattle-based company — the No. 1 online retailer — has previously refused to include Pennsylvania's six percent levy on its orders. But a spokesman ssays it's reversed itself because a state directive requiring it takes effect Saturday.

Spokesman Scott Stanzel said the company currently collects sales taxes on orders shipped to six other states and that it plans to add California to the list on September 15.

Stanzel says Amazon believes questions about the taxation of online purchases should be resolved by federal legislation that uniformly gives states that authority. Two bills are pending, and he says there appears to be growing support for such a law.

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