LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- In just a few weeks, the items in your Amazon shopping cart will cost a little more at check-out. Starting January 1, the e-retail giant will collect sales tax on purchases made by Nevadans.
Brick-and-mortar stores located in Nevada have to charge sales tax to the customers in their state, even if they have an online store. An out of state retailer gets away without charging anything, but that all stands to change as Amazon.com will begin charging sales tax for nevadans ordering from their in 2014.
It may sound like a raw deal for customers, but it’s a big boost in revenue for the state. Nevada stands to earn an estimated $16 million in tax revenue from purchases on the site.
Before the age of the internet, when e-commerce was relatively non-existent, the Supreme Court ruled that retailers without a physical presence in the state could bypass sales tax. As e-commerce grew, and states began losing revenue, several pushed for online retailers to pay them their fair share.
The sales tax for Clark County is set at 8.1 percent -- and that’s how much more Amazon customers can expect to see on their bill.
2 percent of the sales tax will go to the state, 2.6 percent to schools, 1.7 percent to your local government and a small percentage goes to transportation, water and flood control.
The amount of sales tax charged to customers varies state by state. Right now, congress is considering a bill that would impose sales taxes on e-retailers nationwide.