Monday, Amazon, a major online retailer, started charging sales tax to all items shipped here to the Mountain State along with twelve other states.
Most people said they shop online because it's easier, they don't have to leave their home, and they don't have to pay those sales taxes.
You may think some people stay away from shopping online because of shipping costs, but in reality most places don't make you pay for shipping or they have special deals where if you buy a certain amount of things you don't have to pay for shipping. Some people in the community told us, it may just be Amazon now but what happens if all online retailers start making you pay sales tax? One woman said online retailers usually have more unique things, but it's not worth it to her if you have to pay the sales tax because it's the same as going to the store.
"If you have to pay tax online, you might as well just drive to the store. I like shopping online, but if I have to pay tax and shipping and everything I'm not going to now. I buy a lot on Amazon and EBay," said Frankie Allen, Harrison County Resident.
Some local business owners said they hope that it will expand to other online retailers making it a more level playing field. One woman told 5 News business is constantly battling with online deals.
"When I think about it, I think it kind of levels the playing field for everybody. So now they'll be able to shop locally and pay that same price. Maybe that will encourage them to do a little more shopping here around town in our area versus ordering the same thing out that they could have maybe gotten a little cheaper by not having to pay the tax. Just kind of levels it for everyone," said Beth Hoskinson, Co-Owner of Looking Glass.