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California May Go After Online Shoppers For Unpaid Taxes

submitted on March 22, 2011 by orangearrows in "Member's Lounge"
Only if you made purchases above $5000 / year - but that can add up fast these days.

While most of the country don't pay sales tax to online retailers like Amazon, most customers are still supposed to pay those taxes to the state. No one does, of course, which is why the California State Board of Equalization is looking into the prospect of going after residents who have made more than $5,000 in online purchases in the hope of getting paid.

The proposal would pay third-party vendors for identifying those California residents who have spent the most online without paying sales tax.

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    Posted by CouponNut on March 22, 2011
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    What if the buyer lives in another state and ships an Amazon item to California as a gift? See what kind of nightmare that would be for Amazon. It obviously appears that Amazon is operating a third-party merchandising business without a sales tax license from Headquarter offices. Personally, I don't see a thing wrong with it because Amazon is picking up the tax tab at their end.
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      Posted by orangearrows on March 22, 2011
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      I don't think anyone is picking up the tab at the moment.

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