Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Pennsylvania

Date: 7 Jan 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In December 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued a bulletin clarifying that state law requires an out-of-state retailer to collect sales tax if it has property stored or distributed through warehouses in the state (regardless of whether the retailer owns the warehouses) or if it uses affiliated sales agents to direct sales to its website.

Amazon operates six fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania and has sales affiliates in the state. It began collecting sales tax on orders shipped to Pennsylvania residents on September 1, 2012.

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Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Independent Business Initiative, which partners with a wide range of allies to implement policies that counter concentrated power and strengthen local economies.