For years, Bezos fought efforts to collect the sales tax, even going so far as moving or threatening to move facilities out of a state that tried to charge the sales tax.
But as more and more states seek to have online retailers collect the tax, Bezos has agreed to collect sales taxes in at least 13 states, including West Virginia, which passed a law that requires retailers to collect the tax from customers if the company has a physical presence in the state.
Amazon has a 70,000-square-foot customer service center in Huntington.
The law levels the playing field by eliminating an exaggeration to Amazon's price advantage.
Company officials announced they will begin collecting the tax on Oct. 1, three months ahead of the law and before the Christmas shopping season.
State officials expect to collect up to $10 million annually from West Virginians who buy from Amazon. Customers, not the company, pay this tax.
No one enjoys paying taxes, but applying the state sales tax to Internet purchases eliminates an unfair advantage for the online retailer that other state-based businesses did not have.