Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said today that online retailer Amazon’s new distribution center going up in Hamilton County shouldn’t obligate it to pay state sales taxes.
“The larger question is should Internet sales be taxable to the state whether it’s Amazon or anything else,” he said. “I think all states will have to look at that.”
He said that the fact Amazon is building a distribution center here “shouldn’t trip their obligation. What if they’ve built it in South Carolina, then they’re not charging it then either.”
Haslam, speaking after an economic development and jobs roundtable at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, said there is the bigger question of Internet sales taxes that needs to be answered.
“We’re going to have to address that with all the states working together,” he said.
Amazon is building distribution centers in Chattanooga and Bradley County.
For full story, see Saturday’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...