Massachusetts is set to become the 12th state where Amazon.com Inc. will collect sales taxes under a new deal with the Internet retailer.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Tuesday that Seattle-based Amazon will begin collecting the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax next November. The Patrick administration had argued that Amazon no longer was exempt from collecting the tax, pointing to its recent purchase of warehouse-robotics company Kiva Systems, based in North Reading, Mass., as well as its decision to open a technology office in Cambridge.
The deal comes as Amazon urges Congress to pass federal legislation that would help states impose tax-collection requirements on online businesses.