North Carolina now collecting sales tax on online purchases

A close-up of a packaged Amazon Prime item in the Amazon Fulfilment center on November 15, 2017, in Peterborough, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

A new law on the books says that whenever you shop online you will now have to pay sales tax. A sales tax of at least 6.75 percent will be in effect for most of the region.

A Supreme Court ruling in June 2018 gave states the green light to impose sales taxes on e-commerce companies, even if they don’t have stores or warehouses within the state’s borders.

The case, South Dakota vs. Wayfair, made it likely that consumers would pay more for online purchases from out-of-state retailers.

In most states, new online sales taxes apply to companies with a minimum amount of annual sales revenue or transactions in the state. For example, online retailers with sales exceeding $100,000 or 200 transactions with consumers would be subject to sales taxes.