Amazon has struck a deal with Connecticut officials to start collecting the state's 6.35 percent sales tax. For the last two years, the online retail giant had been fighting against state officials who wanted Amazon to collect the sales tax from the online shoppers.
Amazon, as part of the deal, promised to build a $50 million order-fulfillment center in the state to create jobs. Connecticut is expected to get $8 million in the first year of tax collection and $13-$15 million in the next. Amazon is also putting pressure onto other online retailers by starting to collect tax.
Tax will start being collected November 1. Amazon is supporting federal reforms that would "finally resolve the sales tax issue, level the playing field for all retailers, protect states' rights and allow states to collect the revenue owed." If you live in Connecticut, you might consider buying your Christmas gifts before November 1.