Originally Posted by SFV_Dealer
Yes there are taxes that are collected when an item comes in from out of state/country. It's called "Use tax" refer to SBOE PDF#112 for details for out of state vendor purchases. You don't want the BOE on your rear for not paying taxes - it has nothing to do with State income tax (FTB).... Out of state purchases are not exempt from sales/use taxes - period!
Use taxes are normally paid by individuals on their state income tax form. It is not directly related, but a space on the tax form is provided for convienience in paying the use taxes. It is probably the most underused space on the form.