Lawmakers want details on Amazon sales-tax deal

photo Some of the walls are being raised Tuesday at the Amazon warehouse facility under construction at Enterprise South industrial park. Staff photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press

NASHVILLE - Several influential state lawmakers say they want to know what sales-tax break Tennessee is offering Amazon to entice the Internet-retail giant to build two distribution centers in Hamilton and Bradley counties.

"I think a number of people, representatives, would like to see what transpired, how it's going to work, what are the consequences of this particular situation - and what consequences there could be for the future," said House Finance Committee Chairman Charles Sargent, R-Franklin.

Traditional brick-and-mortar retailers contend the state has already or plans to exempt Seattle-based Amazon from collecting sales taxes on Tennesseans' purchases from the company as part of the state's incentive package.