New year rings in new taxes on your web purchases

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INDIANAPOLIS — As Hoosiers ring in 2014, they’ll find themselves paying a little extra on a major online retail giant.

Amazon will start charging sales tax on purchases made in Indiana this year. The tax is part of a deal made by the company with former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Grant Monahan with the Indiana Retail Council said the plan is encouraging to retailers since it evens the playing field for those already charging sales tax in their stores.

“It is only right that Amazon do the same,” Monahan said.

Retailers like The Cheese Shop on 86th Street said they do hope it helps their in-store customer sales.

“I know it’s easy, but do you always get what you really want?” owner Bryon Meyer said of online purchases.

If you do buy on Amazon, expect to pay the extra seven percent sales tax on purchases in the new year.

“It removes that seven percent advantage that amazon has over brick and mortar stores,” Monahan said.

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