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Amazon’s Sales Tax Fight Is Heating Up

States are asking third-party merchants to collect from customers in exchange for a break on back taxes.

Amazon shoppers will probably pay sales tax on more of their purchases this holiday season. 

Right now, consumers pay tax on goods purchased directly from Amazon, but they don’t in many cases if they buy from third-party merchants on the e-commerce giant’s marketplace. That could change on Dec. 1, when some merchants are expected to start collecting taxes in exchange for partial amnesty from back taxes in about half of U.S. states—among them Florida, New Jersey and Texas.

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