Maryland 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.