BY ADAM ASHTON AND CAITLIN CHEN
July 02, 2018 12:01 AM
“Last fall, more than 2,500 online retailers with out-of-state addresses received letters from California’s Department of Tax and Fee Administration informing them that they appeared to owe sales tax here. It marked an escalation of the state’s efforts to collect sales tax from online retailers — and their customers — since the state in 2012 struck a deal that compelled e-commerce behemoth Amazon to begin collecting sales taxes in California.
Nic Maduros, the tax department director, told a Senate committee in April the potential taxes from the companies who received the batch of letters could total “hundreds of millions of dollars” a year in revenue. “It’s not an area we can afford to overlook,” he said.”