Online shoppers could soon be paying sales taxes as part of the new state budget being negotiated by Gov. Paterson and the Legislature.
Lawmakers are considering a proposal first pushed by disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer to require out-of-state companies like Amazon.com to charge New York state and local sales taxes the same way New York companies online must.
Spitzer had estimated the change would raise $47 million.
Critics and even some supporters expect legal challenges, citing a 1992 US Supreme Court ruling they say prohibits a state from forcing a company with no physical presence in a state from collecting the state's sales tax.
GOV GOES ONLINE TO RAISE SALES TAX