Amazon.com now adding sales tax to NC orders

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Amazon.com has confirmed it now adds sales tax for North Carolina residents’ orders, a practice that started Saturday.

Sales tax for online orders has been a gray area for some time but a possible new federal law in the works could help clear up the confusion.

WRAL-TV reported that the amount of tax charged will depend on various factors including the type of item bought and where it will be shipped.

Since Amazon has no offices or warehouses in North Carolina, the company is not required to collect sales tax on purchases.

The company has not said why they started charging sales tax to North Carolina customers. North Carolina is now one of 20 states that Amazon collects sales tax for.

“It wouldn’t be fair if some companies didn’t have to do it and other ones do,” said small business owner Patrick Boyles. He runs Jukebox Oldies a memorabilia store in Winston-Salem.

Disputes between Amazon and the state of North Carolina go back to at least 2009, when the retailer opposed state budget plans to collect online sales taxes.

Read more: WRAL-TV

23 comments

  • O N

    Just made my last order from Amazon. If you count shipping and sales tax there will no longer be any advantage to ordering from them.

  • WhoCares

    It is not so much Amazon as it is the state(s) that demand it….The air you breathe will be taxed some day….

  • Scott

    Just saying amazon has fought and won in court to stay tax free in NC… But new laws I guess have finally beat them, and as for not shopping on there, it is still much cheaper to buy almost anything on there and get free shipping… Most items with tax will be cheaper than going to a store and buying it tax free from them.

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  • Nathan

    So basically all you cheap As**s buy thing online to avoid paying NC sales tax and now that amazon is charging you’ll go somewhere else. You people are explicitly a major cause of budget shortfalls for NC.

    • Chris Boyles

      Thank you Senator Hagan, we thought that your and your other demopublicans fiscal mismanagement was the cause of our budget shortfalls…and quit masquerading as Nathan, your fooling no one..I will sleep better tonight now having that pesky budget shortfall problem explained!

    • JustMe

      Nathan, it really does make one wonder what the state does with its revenue..They sure don’t spend it on fixing bridges, or buying snow removal equipment, or taking the axles off of schools..And the lottery as we all know is just a joke..So why would the majority even give a second thought about budget shortfalls? Seriously I am curious..

    • Nathan

      I am not saying government spends money wisely. Sales tax has ALWAYS been a source of income for the NC government. When you cheap as**s nickel and dime the state out of income they don’t have money to do things like fix bridges or pay a decent teacher salary. Mismanagement is one problem with government (too much bureaucracy). The biggest problem, by far. But, regardless of how a debt is created, you can’t pay it off without an income.
      BTW, I am not dumb enough to be a staunch republican OR democrat. Only those with small minds would draw a line in the sand :)
      And I guess you’re right,o (or is it zero), I did attend a state university. . .twenty years ago. And paid for it myself.

  • highpointer

    Every thing that you have ever bought online is subject to NC Sales Tax. On your NC tax forms there is a line that asks if you have bought anything online. If the NC IRS ever audits you and sees that you have bought items online and never sent in the sales tax they would collect. Good thing you posted online. It will make it easy to see who has not been paying taxes! I believe this is a good thing for NC. This may help them keep taxes from going up. I buy local and plan to keep buying local.

  • Bert

    If I am making a purchase then I should have to pay a sales tax from which the seller is located. “Sales Tax” If I live in NC and pay tax on an item purchased somewhere else, it seems that would be a “Buyers Tax”. This just seems like the government is getting greedy again. I hope someone will fight this and win.

  • l337g33k

    I’ve saved a small fortune over the years in tax free purchases from amazon. I will definitely be curbing my spending habits on amazon now and canceling prime. This estimated “43 million” will certainly shrink as Amazon should be losing many sales to NC… at least they will be losing my share.

    With no Amazon entity in NC, I feel its BS they are collecting taxes. I mean, it’s a court decision they’ve been winning since 2009… why change now.

  • Nathan

    Bert is apparently one of the few who recognize not collecting sales tax is entirely different that not being obligated to pay it. All you “i won’t buy from amazon anymore” people may want to read up on NC tax code.

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