State tax collectors are preparing to crack down on renegade Internet merchants who don't collect sales taxes, and nearly 100 new state auditors, lawyers and other specialists are being hired to help over the next three years.
The effort comes at a time when state and local governments are scrambling for money after cutting billions of dollars from budgets and trimming public services. The governor has asked voters in November to approve a hike in sales and income taxes. The new enforcement effort is expected to bring in an estimated $317 million in its first full year, and even more in subsequent years as online shopping grows.
Officials will be enforcing a controversial law passed last year that expands the kinds of online retailers that are required to collect
"This law is a giant step forward," said Jerome E. Horton, chairman of the state's tax collection agency, the Board of Equalization. "It will help
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