January 18th, 2017 Amazon to Collect RI Sales Tax Things just got a little bit more expensive. Rhode Islanders will have to pay sales tax when making purchases on Amazon, just like our neighbors, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The company voluntarily agreed to collect Rhode Island’s 7% sales tax beginning on February 1, 2017. Amazon currently collects sales tax from 33 states. Turnto10 reported the news last night.