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Amazon to collect Tenn. sales tax, add 2,000 jobs
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NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday he reached a deal with Amazon.com for the online retailer to begin collecting Tennessee sales tax in 2014 and add 2,000 full-time jobs at new distribution centers.Amazon said it will invest $350 million in Tennessee. The site of two new distribution centers has yet to be decided.“This agreement balances several needs — the needs of the company and the needs of the state — by providing certainty to Amazon and brick and mortar retailers,” Haslam said in a written statement.Amazon.com Inc. was granted an indefinite waiver on collecting state sales taxes as part of a deal that led to the company’s first distribution centers in Tennessee.