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Old 12-02-2010, 12:53 PM
 
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County baits hook for Amazon | Chattanooga Times Free Press

If you haven't heard Amazon is considering locating two distribution centers in southeast TN, incentives from the state, Hamilton county and Bradley county are now up to $30 million. In addition to benefits from direct jobs creation the physical presence of Amazon in TN would make all purchases by Tennesseans subject to sales tax, probably at Hamilton county's rate of 9.25%. (Bradley's is 9.75)
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:07 PM
 
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County baits hook for Amazon | Chattanooga Times Free Press

If you haven't heard Amazon is considering locating two distribution centers in southeast TN, incentives from the state, Hamilton county and Bradley county are now up to $30 million. In addition to benefits from direct jobs creation the physical presence of Amazon in TN would make all purchases by Tennesseans subject to sales tax, probably at Hamilton county's rate of 9.25%. (Bradley's is 9.75)
I believe sales tax would have to be levied only if Amazon had a retail outlet in the state.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:25 PM
 
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I believe sales tax would have to be levied only if Amazon had a retail outlet in the state.
I don't think that's right. I'm an artist as a sideline and have to keep up on the sales tax collection requirements. From the state FAQ:

Why does a catalog company or an online seller located in another state charge Tennessee sales or use tax?
If an out-of-state business, such as a catalog company, has a physical presence, or nexus, in Tennessee (a business, warehouse, sales representative or agency relationship), then that business is required to register to collect sales or use tax on merchandise delivered to a Tennessee customer.

What is nexus?
Nexus, also known as sufficient physical presence, is the determining factor of whether an out-of-state business selling products into Tennessee is liable for collecting the tax on sales in Tennessee. Nexus may be established by a corporate presence, ownership of real or tangible personal property in this state, the lease or rental of tangible personal property in this state, resident employees, or similar other types of existence.

Full FAQ here: Sales and Use Tax Frequently Asked Questions (http://tn.gov/revenue/faqs/salesandusefaq.htm#21 - broken link)

I'm not claiming to be an expert but owning two huge distribution centers with over 1,000 employees would seem to cover it.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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I don't think that's right. I'm an artist as a sideline and have to keep up on the sales tax collection requirements. From the state FAQ:

Why does a catalog company or an online seller located in another state charge Tennessee sales or use tax?
If an out-of-state business, such as a catalog company, has a physical presence, or nexus, in Tennessee (a business, warehouse, sales representative or agency relationship), then that business is required to register to collect sales or use tax on merchandise delivered to a Tennessee customer.

What is nexus?
Nexus, also known as sufficient physical presence, is the determining factor of whether an out-of-state business selling products into Tennessee is liable for collecting the tax on sales in Tennessee. Nexus may be established by a corporate presence, ownership of real or tangible personal property in this state, the lease or rental of tangible personal property in this state, resident employees, or similar other types of existence.

Full FAQ here: Sales and Use Tax Frequently Asked Questions (http://tn.gov/revenue/faqs/salesandusefaq.htm#21 - broken link)

I'm not claiming to be an expert but owning two huge distribution centers with over 1,000 employees would seem to cover it.
Yes, it sure does sound like Amazon will have to start charging Tennessee sales tax. I might have to go get a PO box in NC.
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:19 AM
 
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Well this sucks. Guess I'll have to start shipping everything to my in-laws in KY and ordering from their house as well.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:56 AM
 
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EVA, I'll be doing the same thing! Ugh.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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Here's an update:

"Amazon.com Inc. has made final its commitment to build new distribution centers that will create up to 1,400 jobs in Chattanooga and neighboring Bradley County, economic development officials said Monday. A statement from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said the Seattle-based online company plans to spend a total of up to $139 million building the two facilities. The jobs are expected to be created in the next three years and there will be hundreds of other peak season jobs. The new distribution centers are expected to be operating before the 2011 holiday season at Enterprise South Industrial Park in Chattanooga — near Volkswagen's new assembly plant that starts production in 2011 — and on State Route 308 in Bradley County."

Amazon.com moving ahead with centers in SE Tenn. - Bloomberg
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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Well this sucks. Guess I'll have to start shipping everything to my in-laws in KY and ordering from their house as well.
I'm pretty sure Amazon charges sales tax to items shipped to KY since they have a distribution center there as well.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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Be careful about shipping to an out of state location if your primary residence is in TN. Tax evasion is never a good thing.

Here is a link to Amazon's page on taxes. Sales tax applies to KY shipments. http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...2962323&sr=1-1

ETA: I also just found out that sales taxes are not levied in some states where Amazon has other distribution centers such as Nevada, Indiana, California and Arizona. Hmmm, not sure exactly what the criteria is since some states are exempt.

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Old 12-21-2010, 01:45 PM
 
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ETA: I also just found out that sales taxes are not levied in some states where Amazon has other distribution centers such as Nevada, Indiana, California and Arizona. Hmmm, not sure exactly what the criteria is since some states are exempt.
That's governed by state laws - so each state may be different....
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