Cyber shoppers prepare to pay
BATON ROUGE - As "Cyber Monday" continues, many shoppers may be unaware that some purchases aren't as cheap as they seem.
That's because they may be skipping out on sales tax when making purchases from retailers that reside outside of Louisiana.
Any retailer that does not have a presence in the state isn't required to collect state sales tax, but consumers are still required to pay up for their products. That's where the Consumer Use Tax comes in, a tax residents must declare each April to make up for sales tax not collected on websites like Amazon.com.
However, local retailers aren't having any problems getting shoppers to click despite the added sales tax. The Outdoor Shopper is hosting a Cyber Monday sale right now, and has already broken several goals for holiday sales.
"I think it's convenient, it's easy, there are deals," said Terry Jones with The Outdoor Shopper. "We've seen our web traffic more than double and... we've had record breaking revenues since Thanksgiving."
It's why more people are going online to buy their holiday gifts, and why the Department of Revenue is encouraging people to pay attention to what they buy.
"It's difficult to know who's buying what, in fact, it's almost impossible to know that, but as I said, they're still breaking the law if they're not paying the tax," said Byron Henderson, with the Department of Revenue.
You can find more information about the Consumer Use Tax on the Department of Revenue's website.