Nebraska Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton is applauding the decision by online retail giant Amazon to start collecting state and local sales taxes for purchases made by Nebraskans.
“It makes it easier for Nebraskans to comply with the law,” Fulton says. “Nebraskans who are making purchases on the internet, if the retailers aren’t collecting a sales tax, then many Nebraskans will have to save the receipts and at the end of the year, tally up all of the purchases they made, figure out which ones were taxed and which ones weren’t, and then remit whatever taxes are owed by their internet purchases.”
Starting January 1st, Amazon began remitting sales taxes from 30 states with the additions of Nebraska and Iowa.
“We’re grateful they have agreed to do this,” Fulton says. “It’s the act of a responsible corporate citizen. I think a lot of people are unaware that when one makes an internet purchase, the tax is owed even if the retailer doesn’t collect the tax. It’s the law in Nebraska and it’s been the law in Nebraska since 1969.”
It’s unclear how much money the change will mean for the state of Nebraska’s coffers, though it could be millions. Amazon revenues in 2015 reportedly exceeded $100-billion.
Thanks to Jane Monnich, KLIN, Lincoln