Amazon to collect Tenn. sales tax, add 2,000 jobs
Thursday, October 6, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says a deal has been reached with Amazon.com for the online retailer to begin collecting Tennessee sales tax in 2014, build two more distribution centers and generate 2,000 full-time jobs.
Seattle-based Amazon says it will invest $350 million in Tennessee over the next three years.
Haslam said Thursday in Nashville that the deal keeps 1,500 jobs at distribution centers in Cleveland and Chattanooga, confirms 500 jobs at a previously announced center in Lebanon and adds 1,500 jobs at the new facilities.
Locations for the new centers haven't been announced.
Groups representing brick-and-mortar retailers expressed disappointment Amazon won't be collecting sales tax sooner.
Jason Brewer of the Retail Industry Leaders Association calls the arrangement a "job killer for retailers in Tennessee."