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April 14, 2008 -- ALBANY - Online retailers based outside New York state, such as Amazon.com, could face audits and bills for back taxes going back years unless they agree to start collecting sales tax for the state by June 1, The Post has learned.
A law adopted as part of the new state budget requires out-of-state online retailers to pay state and local sales taxes on purchases from New York.
The state Business Council, which already opposed the notion of requiring the online companies to charge sales taxes, was incredulous that the state was now threatening back-tax audits.