State anti-bullying, recycling laws take effect today
Amazon.com to collect California sales tax will take effect in September, instead of an original start date of today.
Last June, the governor signed a law that would require Internet retailers to charge state sales tax on transactions if the retailer has a presence in the state, such as a warehouse, distribution facility, office, store or other physical presence.
Brown compromised with miffed retailers last September by postponing new rules to allow more time for traditional and online retailers to lobby Congress for a national standard on the issue.
If that occurs, the California law would not happen.
State taxing authorities estimate that California is losing at least $83 million a year in uncollected state and local use tax attributed to Amazon’s sales.
Locally, a number of wineries are already charging the sales tax to out-of-state customers.
Foxen Winery and Vineyard will need to update its policies if retailers fail to influence the issue nationally.
“Customers pay the sales tax of their state,” said winery spokeswoman Jenny Williamson Doré. “That could well affect us and how we do business.”
She said she’s not sure how the sales tax law would be implemented or enforced.
Auto sale, registration laws
All vehicles for sale in California must now be checked against the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System database.
The change guarantees potential sellers and buyers can see past vehicle damage, such as flooding or severe collisions.
New car dealers will also electronically transmit information to the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure faster delivery of registration documents and license plates.
Another law, SB 89, increases the vehicle registration fee by $12 to $43 per year.
The hike will raise about $360 million a year for the state, and will be used to pay for day-to-day DMV operations.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this story.