Louisiana Starts Collecting Online Sales Taxes

January 18, 2018 AT 9:30 AM

Online shoppers get ready. Louisiana is beefing up its efforts to collect taxes on purchases made from out-of-state internet retailers.

Residents who bought products last year from online companies that don't have a physical store in Louisiana -- and who didn't pay state sales taxes on those purchases -- will begin receiving notifications this month from the retailers telling them they owe taxes to the state.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue says this is the first year the notice letters, to be mailed by Jan. 31, will be sent to shoppers. But they'll be an annual occurrence under legislation that was passed in 2016.