Amazon to implement Missouri sales tax on Feb. 1

Online retailer Amazon will begin collecting sales tax in Missouri next month, as it does in dozens of other states.

Items sold by Seattle-based and its subsidiaries already are subject to sales tax for merchandise shipped to more than 30 states. Amazon will also begin collecting sales tax on Feb. 1 in Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont, and in Wyoming in March.

The state sales tax rate in Missouri is 4.225 percent.

Amazon does not yet have facilities in the state of Missouri, and online retailers aren’t required to collect sales tax where they don’t have a physical presence. Amazon charges sales tax in Illinois, where it has multiple distribution facilities, including in Edwardsville.

Amazon announced this month that it planned to hire 100,000 fulfillment employees nationwide over the next 18 months, leading to speculation that the company will open distribution facilities in Missouri. Amazon declined to comment on its distribution facility expansion plans.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbia Missourian

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