Some Newegg customers are getting hit with tax bills for past purchases. I just came to know about this through a SD member. I did further research and wanted to share the information here.
"The state Department of Revenue Services is combing through customer records from major online retailers to hunt down taxpayers who skipped out on the often-ignored use tax.
As you probably noticed, for years many ecommerce sites did not charge customers sales tax for online orders. The onus fell on the buyer to report purchases and pay any applicable taxes, but there did not seem to be any repercussion for not doing so. For the most part, state agencies focused their attention on online vendors, not online shoppers.
Those efforts eventually paid off, as many online sites that didn't previously charge a sales tax now do. However, Connecticut is not stopping there. It wants online vendors to pay up for past purchases, or share purchase records so that it can go after consumers directly.
According to WFSB, a local CBS affiliate in Connecticut, Newegg chose the latter route. As a result, some customers who purchased electronics and other items from Newegg in 2014 through 2016 are receiving bills in the mail for taxes owed.
And while this news is specific to Connecticut for now, this could mark a trend for other states as well. Keep that in mind next time you're shopping online at a site that doesn't collect taxes for your state.
A tax expert in Washington, D.C., said Connecticut is the first state to take this approach: requesting data from retailers about online purchases by state residents that were not subject to sales tax and checking to see if the customers made required tax payments."