Maryland Residents to Start Paying Sales Tax at Amazon.com

September 30, 2014

amazon jpgMaryland consumers who shop online at Amazon.com after Today will be paying more — 6% of the sale. The new taxes are expected to boost the state’s total collection of sales taxes by $50 million in the current fiscal year, according to the state Board of Revenue Estimates.

Overall sales taxes are expected to rise 5.2% to $4.15 billion.

According to a Baltimore Sun article, the new warehouses on the site of the former General Motors plant on Broening Highway will be Amazon’s first physical presence in the state. And it’s that presence that requires the Seattle-based retailer to collect sales tax from shoppers in Maryland, regardless of where the shipment originates.

Shoppers who buy products from online sellers or from retailers in other states are supposed to pay the Maryland sales tax voluntarily, but most never do. The state comptroller’s office has estimated that Maryland ends up losing about $200 million a year.

 

15 Responses to Maryland Residents to Start Paying Sales Tax at Amazon.com

  1. Lucky Charms on September 30, 2014 at 8:53 am

    More tax money for the greedy state of Maryland to pocket or waste away. How about investing in the schools as promised but never delivered? I have made my last purchase on Amazon.

    • Roderic on September 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Actually, the reason has nothing to do with the state but standard rules when it comes to business locations. It’s basic civil procedures, if a company is not present in your state but does business you can’t tax them. Now that Amazon has signed a contract to use the warehouse the state can tax them. Every state does it that has a sale tax. No reason to get mad at Amazon, they are just expanding their business and bringing jobs to Maryland.

    • Greatful on September 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Amazon has a right when they locate to a given state, to charge tax (people go into business to make money not loss it) after all they have to pay taxes to that state.
      Maybe it will lower ours. (Oh that’s right I forgot this is Maryland!)

  2. dissident on September 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I will not buy anything from Amazon ever again. I don’t want to give a dime to liberal politicans, they are doing their best to destory this country. Why give them the money to enable them to destory us? Amazon made a huge mistake.

    • LH on September 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Bye…

    • Ty on September 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Because stores don’t charge sales tax? Get a grip. It sucks, but it’s not Amazon’s fault. This has been on the way for a long time and shouldn’t be a surprise. Be glad for all the purchases you made up until now without sales tax.

      • Anonymous on September 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

        It is amazon’s fault, they could have refused to do business in this corrupt state like other businesses have done. I hope we have a new governor soon, if we end up with Brown we are going to need some serious help.

      • Eric on September 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

        Beretta left Maryland, and Amazon should have take note of that. Maybe Amazon is in bed with liberals and communists to steal our money to fund their crazy spendings.

        • bob on October 1, 2014 at 11:58 am

          md has gone communists iam live md 60years it’s time to move

  3. Coyote on September 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Just like Larry Hogan said in his campaign commercial – “They never met a tax they didn’t like, or at least one they didn’t hike.”

  4. AT on September 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I agree that it is not Amazon’s fault, however, it is a business choice that they made so hopefully they included the loss of business in their decision making!

    • Anonymous on October 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

      I wouldn’t blame Amazon… the manufactures are to blame… most companies are using Amazon to sell factory direct to the end user without the need of a middle man to add a mark-up.

  5. Frank Pruss on September 30, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    You owe the sales and use tax even if the on-line retailer does not collect it and render the proceeds to MD.

    This has always been the case.

    http://taxes.marylandtaxes.com/Business_Taxes/Business_Tax_Types/Sales_and_Use_Tax/Filing_Information/Sales_and_Use_Tax_Forms/

    This is a good thing.

  6. Jason riley on October 1, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I have a prime account, but will not purchase anything else and will not renew it. You have made ebay millions of dollars. I’m not giving these crooks another penny of my money to blow.

  7. bob on October 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    this state has gone to hell