- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Amazon says it will collect sales tax on items sold to customers in Vermont starting next month.

The internet e-commerce giant announced last week that it will begin collecting the state’s 6 percent sales tax on Feb. 1.

Officials with the state’s tax department say they’re happy with the change. They say it will create more equity between local stores and online retailers.

It wasn’t immediately known how much additional money the state will receive due to the new sales tax.

A state statute concerning internet sales tax goes into effect in July. A company spokeswoman declined to comment on why Amazon chose to begin collecting the tax before then.

Amazon’s website says it already collects sales tax on purchases in more than 30 other states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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