Attention California state residents: If you’ve had any Amazon binge-buying purchases in mind, we sincerely hope you took care of them late last week: As of Saturday, September 15, Californians will be required to pay sales tax for any and all purchases from Amazon.

Of course, California residents—and anyone else not charged sales tax by Amazon—were always expected to pay, just not at the time of purchase. Now, of course, the sales tax will be applied to purchases, at the actual time of the purchase. Simply put, if you live in California and you buy something from Amazon, you should expect the price to be just a bit higher than it was previously. For those wondering, this will mean up to an additional $9.75 for every $100 purchase (according to CNN, the exact amount will vary, depending on where you live in the state).

Otherwise, with the addition of California, this means Amazon is now charging sales tax in eight states: California, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. Amazon currently has plans to collect sales tax in an additional six states by 2016: New Jersey, Virginia, Indiana, Nevada, Tennessee and South Carolina.

For more details, take a look at this report from CNN Money.

Robert Nelson, for Gadgetell


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