Part of whatever Amazon.com sells in Vegas will soon stay in Vegas … or more accurately, in the state of Nevada.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has announced Amazon has agreed to collect sales tax on whatever it sells in the state, starting in 2014 — or earlier, if federal legislation requires it. The Las Vegas Sun reports the deal will yield the state at least $16 million each year from Nevada’s sales tax, which ranges from 6.85 to 8.1 percent.
Amazon has warehouse and and distribution centers in the Reno and Las Vegas areas.
“The only way to completely resolve this issue is for Congress to enact legislation that, within a simplified nationwide framework, grants states the right to require collection by all sellers,” Sandoval said in a statement, adding that both his state and Amazon are pushing for the federal solution.
Frank Catalano is a regular GeekWire columnist helping with vacation fill-in duty this week. You can follow Frank on Twitter @FrankCatalano.