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Amazon climbs to No. 1 on county sales-tax list

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The county’s auditor Tuesday told supervisors that has become the No. 1 generator of sales tax in unincorporated San Benito County.
San Benito County Clerk-Auditor-Recorder Joe Paul Gonzalez at Tuesday’s board retreat shared data from the state board of equalization pertaining to the first quarter of 2015. In the data detailing sales-tax revenue from January through March, was No. 1 on the list for sales-tax generation in the county.
San Benito County’s unincorporated areas generate slightly less than $2 million in annual sales-tax revenue. The data in the county report referenced by Gonzalez showing the top 25 generators of sales-tax revenue, provided upon request to the Free Lance, appears limited to the unincorporated parts of the county.
Though the data does not show dollar amounts correlating with the individual entities, Amazon is listed at No. 1 followed by California RSA LLP at No. 2, Charles River Laboratories at No. 3, Cimino’s Cabinet Doors at No. 4, Crop Production Services at No. 5 and Dassel’s Petroleum at No. 6.
Amazon, a company with a $245 billion market cap after Tuesday’s market close, first agreed to pay sales taxes on California purchases three years ago.
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