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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