Utah – UT Amazon sales tax from Utah customers will bolster state, local coffers

First Published May 05 2017 03:03 PM      Updated 8 hours ago

Early 2017 sales data suggest that despite slightly higher checkout costs, Utahns will add more than a half-billion dollars’ worth of merchandise to their Amazon carts.

The Utah Tax Commission recorded $195 million in taxable sales from “nonstore retailers” between Jan. 1 — when the online retailing behemoth started collecting Utah sales tax — and the end of February.

 That’s up $107 million compared to the same period in 2016, or about a 122 percent increase.

A proportionate bump to 2016’s total nonstore retailer sales would come to $691 million. The state’s portion of resulting sales taxes would equal $32 million, with another $14 million or so doled out to counties and municipalities.