Michigan To Force Amazon, Other Stores To Collect Sales Tax

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Michigan residents who buy from Amazon.com and other online stores will be forced to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax starting in October.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed laws Thursday he says will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses already assessing sales tax on customers.

Shoppers are supposed to voluntarily pay unassessed taxes on Internet purchases when filing their state tax returns. But few comply.

The laws could generate around $60 million a year from Amazon, eBay and other Internet retailers with a “nexus” to Michigan.

The Republican-led Legislature passed the legislation last month in conjunction with a $1.3 billion road funding plan. Unlike other parts of the plan, the Internet sales tax measures aren’t contingent on voters also approving a sales tax increase on the May statewide ballot.

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