Poll: Should Amazon.com Customers Have to Pay Tax?

The online retailer will levy state tax on mail-order purchases beginning Sept. 15. Are you going on a shopping spree before then, or are you happy to see the change?

If you've got items sitting in your Amazon shopping cart that you've not yet purchased, you might want to consider moving into the checkout line.

As we , Friday is the last day to buy from the online retailer tax-free: Amazon will begin charging sales tax on purchases for California residents this Saturday. Sales tax in L.A. County is 8.75 percent.

Up to now, buying online at Amazon.com saved customers money, since no sales tax was collected.

But state lawmakers in California–a state which desperately needs cash–reached an agreement last year with online retailers, including Amazon, who agreed to begin collecting a sales tax in September. Those sale tax funds will be returned to the state.

According to the LA Times, about half of the projected $316 million raised in the first full year–and put into state coffers–is expected to come from merchandise sold by Amazon.

While local retailers, as we noted earlier this week, will tend to be happy with the playing field being leveled a little bit, for the web-based consumer, the change will come with a price.

So we ask you - are you a big Amazon customer?  Will this affect you?  If so, are you happy to pay the tax?  Do you think it will benefit L.A. County and California?  Please share your thoughts in the comments.

navigio September 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM
:-) Yes, I know. My snarkiness was intended to point out that it is in fact not a new tax.
Steven Hanson September 14, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Not to put too fine a point on it, but since I've ordered from Amazon.com for at least 10 years and never paid a sales tax, it's pretty much a new tax for me :)
Jill Pyeatt September 15, 2012 at 06:59 AM
This is disgusting. Do the Powers That Be want people to spend money to keep the economy going, or not?
Steven Hanson September 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Apparently "not", Jill :( It seems if they can find a new way to squeeze the last dime out of the middle class, they will.
navigio September 15, 2012 at 05:47 PM
funny. may I remind people that the powers that be are the people? 'the limits of tyrants are defined by the endurance of those they oppress.' (-fd). regardless, we have an initiative process in this state; for better or for worse. if anyone bothered to look at the graphs in some of the 'reports' linked to above they might have noticed a 25% decrease in general fund income tax burden in our state in the past decade. not much 'squeezing' going on there. add to that the 'offshoring' of our sales tax burden by online buying'. CA has the eighth largest economy in the world. Yes the world. Somehow all this anti-business and depressive tax policy hasnt prohibited that from happening. And CA has essentially the worst-funded and worst-staffed public education system in the nation (anyone who is looking for a definition of disgusting needed look much further than that). That should REALLY bother anyone who truly cares about our economy.


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