Group Calls On State To Order Amazon To Collect Sales Tax On Purchases

June 2, 2012 12:00 AM
Group Calls On State To Order Amazon To Collect Sales Tax On Purchases
" BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts coalition of small businesses, elected officials and labor unions has called on the state to force online giant Amazon Inc. to collect sales tax on purchases.

The Massachusetts Main Street Fairness Coalition penned a letter Thursday to Amy Pitter, the state’s Department of Revenue Commissioner, demanding action in correcting what they say is a “disparity in state sales tax collection.”

In the letter, the group urges the commissioner to force the company to collect the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax by July 1, saying local businesses are struggling to compete with tax-free online merchants.

Currently, Amazon, which is in the process of opening an office in Cambridge, does not collect the Massachusetts sales tax for purchases made by state residents "

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