I'm still buying a lot of books via Amazon (not necessarily from Amazon; mostly from vendors using their site as a storefront) and the past few days I've seen this
Important Message
Due to a new law recently passed by the State of New York we are required to collect NY sales taxes on taxable items sold by Amazon.com on or after June 1st, 2008. If your order is placed prior to June 1st, your Order Total may not include an estimate of NY sales taxes, but those taxes may still be charged if your order is readied for shipment on or after that date.
as I've been checking out. I live in NYS so this will affect me. It will also affect Amazon sellers, like Thing Two, who doesn't collect tax on the items he sells (and I'm not sure he declares all his income from Amazon, either - but that's between him and the IRS).

I wonder how much this will change buying habits. Or selling habbits, for that matter. I mean, $.01 for a book equals what in NYS taxes?


camillofan said...

Do they compute tax before or after the shipping charges are added?

Lazygal said...

Cam, it looks like the tax will be computed after the shipping. I'll know for sure next week.