Amazon Now Charging Sales Tax For Virginia Residents

Frequent online shoppers might may be in for an unexpected surprise the next time they hit checkout — Amazon will now be collecting state sales tax for residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Amazon agreed to collect state sales tax effective Sept. 1 as part of the “Tax Fairness Bill,” legislation intended to level the playing field between online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores.

Prior to the Tax Fairness Bill, Virginia residents were required to self-report consumer use taxes on their tax returns. Advocates of the bill argued that this put brick-and-mortar stores at a disadvantage, because they were required to collect the 5.3 percent sales tax at the point of sale.

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