Taxing Floridians' Online Purchases

By: Capitol News Email
By: Capitol News Email

Tallahassee, Florida - April 27, 2011 -

A group of economists, business leaders and lawmakers are joining forces to tax online sales. The group is backing legislation that would bring Florida’s tax code in line with the codes in 24 other states. Streamlining the state tax code would make it easier for online shops to know what to charge and customers to know what to pay. Right now the burden to pay the tax lies on the customers. Kurt Wenner with Florida TaxWatch says the current system of taxing puts brick and mortar shops at a disadvantage because they have to charge the sales tax.

“When you have a 7.5 percent price advantage that you shouldn’t have, that’s going to drive a lot more people to the internet. That’s going to cost jobs here. But it’s not just about jobs, it’s also about the rule of law,” said Wenner.

State lawmakers says streamlining the tax code would bring in 50 million dollars the first year, and take the state one step closer to forcing online shops to pay the tax, which could bring in two billion dollars annually.


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  • by over taxed american Location: usa on Apr 27, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    dont leave the greedy crooks out.
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Florida on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:35 AM
    The state is funded by sales tax revenue. Without that revenue, there's no money to pay for basic services. As a few others have noted, this would NOT be a new tax; you're ALREADY supposed to be paying sales/use taxes on the items you buy online. If the seller doesn't collect them, you're supposed to report them to the state yourself. This loophole needs to be closed.
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      by Bob Jones on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM in reply to Voice of Reason
      If you are so keen on closing tax loopholes I suggest you start with some that might actually yield some money - business and corporate loopholes, luxary goods loopholes, religious loopholes, etc... Beating up further on the middle and working classes accomplishes nothing meaningful except to further erode the power of both these socio-economic groups. But thats what you really had in mind anyway, right?
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        by Joey on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM in reply to Bob Jones
        How about if they didn't waste billions, they could cut taxes by billions, what a novel concept!!!
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          by Voice of Reason on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:09 AM in reply to Joey
          I'm a fan of lean, efficient government. But in case you haven't noticed, Florida's government agencies--state, county, city, and school district--have scaled back operations DRAMATICALLY over the past couple of years. The lower revenues from sales and property taxes have forced them to do so. While there's always room for improved efficiency, they're operating on pretty lean budgets these days.
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        by Beth on Apr 27, 2011 at 01:28 PM in reply to Bob Jones
        Bob, I agree with you that there are many loopholes to be closed and we would love to have them start at the top with corporate taxes and loopholes for the wealthy. But that was a cheap and uncalled for shot at Voice of Reason. He merely stated the truth. FL law says you will pay tax on purchases made outside of FL but used in the State...it is called a user fee or some such thing. It is your responsiblity to file the tax return voluntarily but you won't and it won't be paid unless it is collected up front.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    Another way of taxing your average citizen. What other loopholes are allowed in Florida tax collections? Are there some special exemptions for your above average citizens? You tax car sales. Do you have a car sales tax cap? Do you tax yacht sales? If so do you have a sales tax cap? What other of these special niches is there that we don't know about. If you are going to be fair, close all the loopholes now.
  • by Bobby Location: Tallahassee on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    You know the state could do away with the 7.5% tax on products that are sold within the state of Florida, then internet sales would not have a advantge. However you will never hear that out of any law maker's mouth. It is all about money and wasteful spending to them.
  • by anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    There is a reason that 24 other's are fixed! Be bold! Be an individual! Be an A)%$hole! Tax...Roman? what happened?
  • by Anon Location: Florida on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    What else is new? Tax, Tax, Tax is the same old song of the county, state and federal government. I realize that it takes money to run a government but they are taxing us to death and then say it isn't enough. When will it stop!!!!!!!
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      by Joey on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:42 AM in reply to Anon
      When we have a governing majority that has a spine, or we implode
  • by Pete Location: Live Oak on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    Here are our ELECTED "money grabbers" digging into our pockets AGAIN........... It must make you so proud, to be RIPPING" off your constituents AGAIN..........
  • by Beth Location: Tallahassee on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    It's high time someone take this issue on. Legislator's have been afraid to do the right thing to increase revenue. The burden for collecting tax due should be on the seller, not the buyer. The State has been letting revenue be thrown away for years!
  • by Jane on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    Thought you souless conservatives didn't like taxes? Yet once again we see your true communist colors.
  • by CharlieSheen Location: Tallahassee on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    A new way to tax and spend our way into financial success.
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