Amazon has succumbed to North Carolina’s wish of charging sales tax to state customers.
The online retailer confirmed Saturday that it will charge sales tax starting Feb. 1. Amazon currently collects state sales taxes in 19 states, including Virginia.
Because Amazon has no offices or warehouses in North Carolina, the company isn’t required to collect sales tax on purchases.
Customers are required to pay taxes for online purchases but such is rarely enforced by retailers.
The amount of tax charged will depend on factors such as the identity of the seller, the type of item purchased and the destination of the shipment, according to the retailer. The company has not said why they changed course on charging sales tax to North Carolina customers.