January 20, 2014

Amazon has confirmed that it will begin charging sales tax to North Carolina customers beginning on February 1, 2014.

Since Amazon has no offices or warehouses in North Carolina, it isn't required to collect sales tax from customers that make purchases from Amazon.com in North Carolina. Sales tax is currently collected by Amazon in 19 states.

Consumers are required to pay taxes for online purchases in North Carolina, but that requirement is rarely enforced by retailers like Amazon. That is, up until now. Amazon has not yet said why they have decided to start charging sales tax in North Carolina.

In 2010, Amazon sued the North Carolina Department of Revenue to block the department's attempt to obtain names and addresses of North Carolina residents who bought or received items from the company. Amazon claimed it provided the department with purchase data, including product codes revealing the exact items purchased. A U.S. district court judge ruled against the state, which eventually settled with Amazon.

According to the NC Department of Revenue, North Carolina loses as much as $214 million per year in online sales tax that is never paid.

Source: WRAL News