CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Legislature has signed off on a plan to pursue more sales taxes from online retailers.
A unanimous Senate granted final passage Saturday to the proposal from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
The bill requires out-of-state retailers to start applying West Virginia's sales tax if they or a subsidiary have a physical presence in-state.
E-commerce giant Amazon.com recently opened a customer service center in Huntington. The company has not responded to requests for comment.
Several other states have pursued similar legislation as brick-and-mortar businesses complain of an unfair tax burden.
West Virginia is also pursuing e-retail revenues through the multi-state Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. Congress has been debating the online sales tax question as well.
The bill passed the House 85-12 on April 1.