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Did you know that when ordering online from most states, shoppers don't have to pay sales tax? They're supposed to (and New York State enacted a rule a few years ago that makes e-tailers charge state sales tax automatically to NYS shoppers) but most people don't. Anyway, looks like California needs the cash, because they're thinking about going after online shoppers and making them fork over back tax on the purchases. According to the Consumerist, 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." [Consumerist]