Amazon.com Inc. today begins collecting sales taxes on purchases in Florida, adding the fourth most-populous state to the list of places where the world’s largest Internet retailer levies the charges.
The Seattle-based company last year agreed to collect Florida’s 6 percent sales tax as it builds two warehouses in the state. Amazon will collect as much as $80 million annually in levies, according to an estimate by the Florida Retail Federation, a business trade group based in Tallahassee.
Amazon now collects taxes in 21 states, including California, Texas and New York. Amazon doesn’t charge levies in states where it lacks a physical presence, such as as a warehouse.
Researchers at Ohio State University published a paper last month that said sales dropped in states where Amazon added the charge
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1992 that retailers can be forced to collect a tax only in states where they have a physical presence.