Online Giant Amazon Opens Cambridge office

The world’s largest online retailer now has a Massachusetts address. Amazon.com, which has an office in Cambridge, is at the center of a debate on Beacon Hill about whether the online giant needs to charge Massachusetts’ residents sales tax.

Amazon.com has long been tax free for Massachusetts residents, but with an office in Cambridge. The state may force the site to charge shoppers an extra 6.25%. The push would help the Commonwealth to bring in an estimated $45 million a year in revenue.

Currently, Massachusetts residents who buy products from online companies that do not collect sales tax are supposed to pay the tax to the state Department of Revenue.

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