From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Taxing issues: online sales, conformity with federal code top state budget agenda
Virginians already are paying sales tax on many goods they purchase on the internet, even though the state has not yet decided the rules of the game for online sales tax collections under a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this year.
Wayfair, the Boston-based online retailer that lost the Supreme Court case against South Dakota in May, has been paying sales tax on merchandise sold to Virginians over the internet since late last year because it had established a physical presence in the state.
Amazon and other big retailers with warehouses or other facilities in Virginia also are already collecting and remitting sales taxes on online purchases to the state, but the Supreme Court decision eliminates the need for a physical presence for states to tax internet sales and puts the issue squarely before the General Assembly in its upcoming legislative session.
“These guys have been ready to do it — it’s basically the flip of a switch,” said Sarah Paxton, co-owner of the LaDiff furniture store in Richmond and an advocate for the Virginia Retail Federation.