Starting November 1 of this year, shoppers in Alabama will need to pay sales tax on all Amazon purchases. This change, which was initiated by Alabama’s Simplified Use Tax Remittance Program, will require Alabama e-shoppers to pay 8% tax on all purchases. For Alabama authors publishing through Amazon, this should not have a major effect on the publishing process, but readers will have to expect to pay a little more for their books once the new change kicks in.
Previously, Amazon had paid the tax on all purchases made in this state. Although some other states already have e-shoppers paying tax, this is a new change for the state of Alabama. Legislators have hopes that this will level the field between e-stores and physical stores, which had previously applied tax.
While paying sales tax in general is nothing new, if any of you are avid e-book readers, this might be a little disheartening. However, we at Book Reviewer Yellow Pages do have a suggested solution to minimize your book costs once the tax kicks in. If you don't already subscribe to it, you can give Kindle Unlimited a try, which allows you to download any books in the program for free, albeit with a limit on the number of books you can have at a given time. There's a huge library of books available on Unlimited, which means you'll have plenty of options to choose from. In the meantime, if you're in Alabama and you've had your eye on a book or two on Amazon, you might want to hurry up and download before the sale tax starts.
To learn more about the new sales tax, you can check out this article from WSFA News here.
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