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Online retailers to start charging sales tax


From the Georgia Retail Association

ATLANTA – Starting today, Internet retailers with nexus – meaning an in-state presence as defined by state law -- are required to collect Georgia’s state and local sales taxes. Georgia’s retailers welcome the implementation of the “e-fairness” legislation passed during the 2012 Session of the Georgia General Assembly, saying it creates a level playing field for tax collections that is long overdue as Internet sales have taken larger share of purchases.

"This is not a new tax, it’s just the same old sales tax we’ve been collecting all along,” said Rick McAllister, president of the Georgia Retail Association. “Most retailers who have Internet sales already collect sales tax on their sites, but there are some who don't. Starting today those online retailers with nexus should be collecting the sales tax from their customers and sending it to the state of Georgia just like any store would."


The e-fairness legislation passed almost unanimously in House Bill 386, a tax package that created a net reduction in the overall tax burden on Georgia residents. GRA worked with the Governor’s office, the Senate and House leadership, member companies and other state associations to educate key elected officials and the general public about this important issue.

The Georgia Department of Revenue manages a hotline for taxpayers to report any tax related activities that they believe are illegal or incorrect. The hotline can be used to report suspected illegal activity for all tax types, including sales tax. For more information, go online at or call the hotline at (404) 417-4266.

Since 1961, the Georgia Retail Association has been working on behalf of the retail community to unite and pursue the common goal of creating the best environment for retailing in Georgia. Retail supports 1 out of 4 jobs in the state and is directly and indirectly responsible for 18% of Georgia's gross domestic product.

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