Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Tax on Florida Purchases Starting May 1, 2014

Internet retailer Amazon.com announced they will begin collecting sales tax on purchases made by Florida residents beginning May 1.

Amazon.comThe reason for this is Amazon is building a pair of fulfilment centers along Interstate 4 in Polk and Hillborough counties, and having a physical location in state will mean they are required by the Florida Department of Revenue to start collecting Florida sales tax on purchases.

So start figuring in that sales tax when you make online purchases from Amazon.

On the bright side, while these new centers mean new taxes, they also mean new jobs for Central Florida, as Amazon will need to staff these centers. Expect a hiring event in the next few months, so they can be ready for the holiday shipping season.

Will this change how much you order from Amazon online versus picking up products in regular retail stores?

Orlando Makes Amazon.com’s First “Cities that Rock” List

Amazon.com unveiled its inaugural “Cities that Rock” list and Orlando was ranked at #3 out of the Top 20.

musicheadphonesHere is the complete list:
1] Miami, FL
2] Pittsburg, PA
3] Orlando, FL
4] Salt Lake City, UT
5] St. Louis, MO
6] Cincinnati, OH
7] Seattle, WA
8] Ann Arbor, MI
9] Richmond, VA
10] Atlanta, GA
11] Cambridge, MA
12] Columbia, SC
13] Knoxville, TN
14] Dayton, OH
15] Rochester, NY
16] Berkley, CA
17] Vancouver, WA
18] Alexandria, VA
19] Portland, OR
20] Bellevue, WA

In individual music genres, Amazon says that Orlando tops the list for pop music purchases.

The list ranking is based on Amazon music sales data, compiled from Amazon MP3, CD and vinyl record purchases between April 01, 2012 and March 31, 2013 in the top 100 most heavily populated cities.

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