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Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Maine

The collection of a 5.5 percent sales tax on items shipped to Maine begins on April 1.

PORTLAND (WGME) – Amazon will begin collecting sales tax on purchases shipped to Maine addresses next month.

The online retailer has been working in recent months to reach agreements in a handful of remaining states where it doesn't collect taxes, including Maine.

The collection of a 5.5 percent sales tax on items shipped to Maine begins on April 1.

The Department of Economic and Community Development says Amazon's announcement is great news for Maine retailers who are trying to compete with the online giant.

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