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Amazon will begin charging sales tax in Mass.

Deal will lift state’s coffers, pinch its online consumers

Amazon, the world’s largest online merchant, said Tuesday that it has agreed to start collecting the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax in Massachusetts next November, a move that will cost consumers but generate­ tens of millions of dollars for Beacon Hill.

The deal came out of six months of negotiations between state officials and Amazon.com Inc. Online merchants are supposed to collect sales taxes if they have a physical presence in a state, and Amazon now has a Cambridge office and a North Reading technology firm.

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