Virginians Now Being Charged an Online Sales Tax

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Zachary Taylor shops online often. "It's convenient, shipping has gotten a lot quicker and I kind of live a little outside of town so I tend to find better deals and I don't have to drive so far," said Taylor.

But now if he bought an item from a website like Amazon.com he would have to pay Virginia sales tax.

The fee now applies to out of state sellers that have a facility in Virginia. Amazon has two distribution centers in Virginia, in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie Counties.

"Being charged sales tax online doesn't deter me that much. The prices are still better and I still don't have to drive to the store," said Taylor.

Dustin Kline owns a local store, Snow and Ice Christmas and Gift Store, he says some customers may not even notice the difference.

"I think there will be a lot of people that it won't affect, but I definitely think there will be some people that it may affect," said Kline.

The added tax on Amazon may bring more people to his shop.

"Now it will help to even the playing field and making it a little bit more fair for everyone who is purchasing items," said Kline.

Amazon.com lists 12 states where customers have to pay sales tax.

If you ship something to a Wisconsin address, there is no sales tax, but when an item is shipped Virginia, sales tax is added to the total.

"I still think there is a little bit of an advantage to buying online because prices are still cheaper but if I am out and about, I am going to be more likely to make my purchase in the store," said Taylor.

Kline said he is working on adding an online store to help him reach a broader audience.

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