Mass. prods Amazon to collect sales taxes
The Patrick administration is pressing Amazon.com Inc. to begin collecting sales taxes from Massachusetts customers as early as next year due to the online retailing giant’s recent acquisition of the North Reading robotics company Kiva Systems Inc. Under federal law, online retailers do not have to collect sales taxes from Massachusetts buyers unless the company has a physical presence in the state. But its purchase of Kiva Systems may establish enough of a physical presence to require Amazon to charge the 6.25 percent sales tax on purchases made by Bay State shoppers.