Haslam wants Amazon.com to collect sales taxes

Haslam wants Amazon.com to collect sales taxes

August 11th, 2011 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is pictured in this file photo. (Photo by Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel)

Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he would like to have questions about Amazon's tax status resolved by the end of the year, preferably with the online retailer collecting sales taxes from Tennessee consumers.

"We'd like to work out some arrangement that works for them to stay and grow in Tennessee and yet for us to collect the sales tax that we need," Haslam said. "We would hope to do something prior to the legislature coming back" in January.

Questions about Amazon's tax status have been mounting as the company has rolled out plans this year to open distribution centers in Lebanon, Chattanooga and Cleveland. The centers represent Amazon's first physical presence in Tennessee.

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