• Click Here to Subscribe to Email updates

  • psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813
  • RSS Colonial Williamsburg News

    • Photo Essay: Professional Tips from Two Nat Geo Photographers!
      Our Assignment: Tell the Williamsburg story through photography Our time frame: 48 hours Our instructors: Jennifer Davidson and Krista Rossow from National Geographic Day One began at o’ dark hundred as our group of four met our instructors to begin our first step—capturing Colonial Williamsburg at sunrise.  As luck would have it, there was a...Read More » […]
    • Why That Skeleton in the Apothecary Is Worth a Closer Look
      Peek into the back room of the Pasteur and Galt’s Apothecary and you’ll find its most standoffish resident. Which is understandable, because while he may be articulated, he can’t talk, seeing as he’s a skeleton. But this is no ordinary bag of bones. In fact, this may be the most authentic, possibly only, reproduction 18th-century...Read More »
    • Photo Essay: Autumn in Colonial Williamsburg
      It’s official! The weather is finally in agreement with our calendars. Temperatures were in the 60s this past weekend and it looks like we have finally bid farewell to the lingering summer humidity. Now, it’s time to look forward to the beautiful changing leaves, glow of the cressets, warmth of our hot apple cider, and...Read More »
    • Shark’s Teeth, Dragon’s Toes, and a Pinch of Seaweed: Just a Day at the Office for Our Costume Designers
      Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of our Halloween monsters? Tom Hammond does. From a rough story line and a few beastly names, Tom and his colleagues in the art of costuming sketched, selected, and sewed the outfits and accessories for an assortment of ghastly characters. Many favorites from last year will return....Read More »
    • The General’s Gambit: George Washington Challenges Patrick Henry on Duty and Patriotism
      Most Americans (I suppose, perhaps too optimistically) can identify, “Give me liberty or give me death!” as the words of Patrick Henry. Leaving aside the question of whether those were his precise words delivered during the Second Virginia Convention in 1775, how many Americans know what Mr. Henry did after the Revolution? The answer is...Read More » […]
  • Flickr Photos

    5524 Pennington Place

    5524 Pennington Place

    5524 Pennington Place

    More Photos

Tax loophole for Amazon in Virginia is closed

Traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, have won a major battle.  Amazon has agreed to collect and pay sales tax on purchases made to Virginians.Traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, have won a major battle.  Amazon has agreed to collect and pay sales tax on purchases made to Virginians.

Governor Bob McDonnell announced  that an agreement has been reached between his office, Amazon, several members of the General Assembly,and brick and mortar retailers, to close the tax loophole.

The agreement negotiated with Amazon requires certain online retailers to collect the sales and use tax in the same manner as a bricks and mortar retailer. 

Amazon has faced major  criticism from Virginia and federal officials for not paying state sales taxes. Other states have recently  passed laws requiring the payments.  Governor McDonnell had announced in December that Amazon would be opening two fulfillment centers in Virginia, investing a total of $135 million and creating more than 1,350 jobs. 

McDonnell said the new tax legislation will “help to ensure that online retailers with a physical presence in Virginia are treated the same as traditional brick and mortar retailers who are already required to collect and remit existing sales taxes on goods sold in the Commonwealth."

Amazon’s Vice President of Global Policy, Paul Misener, added, "Amazon is very grateful to Governor McDonnell for his focus on Virginia jobs and for his efforts to work with other governors toward national resolution of the sales tax issue this year."

Rob Shinn with the Virginia Alliance for Main Street Fairness representing a coalition of hundreds of Virginia retailers noted, "We are extremely pleased with the agreement.  Today’s announcement is a significant step toward tax fairness for the retail community by ensuring the same rules apply to all retailers doing business in Virginia."

2 Responses

  1. wow, this just looks…….. normal.
    So, now Amazon has a B&M presence in the state and the Gov. announces closing the loophole. Who loses? The online retailer and ultimately the consumer.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: