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Amazon has begun collecting sales tax on internet purchases shipped to Idaho under an agreement reached with state officials earlier this year, but details surrounding the deal aren't being disclosed.

The Idaho State Tax Commission has denied disclosing information about the new deal for Amazon — which went into effect Saturday — citing that state law bans discussing specific information about an individual taxpayer even though the agreement will impact all Idahoans.

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Tax identity theft is increasing across the country and Idaho is no exception. The number of cases of people using someone else’s name and social security number to file a false tax return more than quadrupled last year in Idaho.

In 2013, there were 74 cases of tax identity theft. Last year, that number jumped to 352 says Idaho Tax Commission's Doreen Warren.

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If you’re in a same-sex marriage and you live in Idaho, filing state taxes just got a little simpler.

When the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals legalized gay marriage last year in Idaho, that law change also meant changes at the Idaho Tax Commission and for same-sex couples filing joint tax returns. Now, married same-sex couples will only have to fill out one federal form when they file their taxes, instead of the three that had to be filed under the old rules.

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If you’re one of the thousands of Idaho residents who go online to buy things, you’re probably one of the thousands of Idahoans cheating the state out of money.

The state has a little-known – and frequently ignored – companion to the sales tax called the use tax. It’s also hard to enforce, as residents are entrusted with self-reporting their purchases.

“Many people don’t know about the use tax,” said Randy Tilley, who is the administrator of the Idaho Tax Commission’s Audit Division.

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A legislative committee Tuesday will hear testimony on a rule that would forbid same-sex couples who are legally married in other states from filing joint Idaho income tax returns.

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With Cyber Monday less than a week away, holiday shoppers are busy buying gifts online. But many shoppers don’t realize if they purchase items on the Internet, they still owe the state some money.

It’s called the use tax and it’s been around since 1965. It applies to anything you buy over the phone, mail-order, or the Internet. It’s the same rate as the regular sales tax, 6 percent.

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Legally married gay couples can file federal taxes together, regardless if it's legal in the state they live in, since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a ban on federal benefits for gay couples is unconstitutional.

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When it comes to their taxes, Idahoans can count their blessings, according to a new report that concludes the state's tax burden is lower than all but two states.

Only Alabama and South Carolina have a lower per capita tax burden.

In an annual report delivered on Wednesday, the Idaho State Tax Commission says Idaho also has the lowest tax burden among Western states.

The calculations are based on tax revenue in 2011.