Amazon Now Collecting Sales Tax in Florida

Floridians who buy from Internet giant Amazon.com will have to start paying taxes on their online purchases

Thursday, May 1, 2014  |  Updated 3:26 PM EDT
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Floridians who buy from Internet giant Amazon.com will have to start paying taxes on their online purchases.

Amazon began collecting the state's 6 percent sales tax Thursday, following the company's decision to build two distribution centers in the Sunshine State.

The distribution centers give the website a physical presence in Florida, giving the state the ability to enforce the sales tax.

Last year, Gov. Rick Scott and Amazon announced a deal in which the company would create 3,000 new jobs in Florida by 2016. The exact details of the deal were kept confidential by state officials.

Initially, Scott rejected a proposed deal with the company because of concerns it would result in higher taxes for Floridians.  Last June, however, he reversed that decision.

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