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In policy shift, West Virginia to tax most internet retail sales after all

By PHIL KABLER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a significant policy change, the West Virginia Tax Department has issued an administrative notice to most out-of-state retailers, directing that they are to begin collecting and remitting taxes on internet sales to West Virginians.

The order states that “notice is hereby given” to out-of-state retailers that currently are exempt from collecting state and municipal sales taxes because they do not have a physical presence in West Virginia, that they “will be required to collect and remit West Virginia state and municipal sales and use taxes on all sales made on or after January 1, 2019, that are delivered into West Virginia.”

That is a significant departure from Gov. Jim Justice’s statement on June 21 — the day of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a 1992 court precedent limiting states’ ability to collect sales taxes on many online purchases.

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