Iowans shopping at Amazon.com have a surprise in store when they go online today.
Starting January 1, the retail giant will be collecting sales tax for the first time on purchases in Iowa, as they do in 30 other states.
Department of Management Director Dave Roederer says it will be good for state coffers and for other retailers.
“It is leveling the playing field for the main street merchants,” Roederer said. “Main Street merchants are required to collect sales tax. The online was not. So that levels that out.”