California pet sellers, beware. The state's Board of Equalization plans to send letters to pet associations and pet-and-feed stores to tell them that sales of dogs, cats and other animals are taxable.

The letters will remind pet sellers that they may be required to report and pay sales tax on their pet sales. "If you are in the business of selling dogs, cats or other animals that are considered non-food animals in California, you need to register with the BOE," said the board.

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