WUFT News

Florida Internet tax bill moving in state Senate

By on February 6th, 2013

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a bill Tuesday requiring online companies to pay sales tax on purchases made by Florida residents.

Kurt Wenner,  Florida TaxWatch Vice President for Tax Research, said this is not a new tax.

“It’s a tax that’s already owed but currently not being collected,” Wenner said.

Wenner said it’s all too common, especially in the electronics industry, that people physically come in to stores and ask employees to compare products and brands for more information.

Wenner said people then decide to “think about it” but often go home and purchase the product online so they don’t have to pay the tax.

“It puts local Florida retailers, brick-and-mortar stores, at a competitive disadvantage to people outside of the state,” Wenner said.

By raising this tax, local businesses will be put on a level playing field with online companies by selling their products with the same amount of tax, Wenner said.

In an effort to keep taxes on residents neutral, the bill will also include a tax reduction on communication services like cable and telephone.

The bill is moving forward within the house, but it must go through three more Senate committes before it reaches the floor.


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.yockey Keith Yockey

    Good luck with passing unconstitutional law. Similar law was overturned in IL and is pending in NY

  • GreatTVdude

    I wouldn’t mind this tax if it meant that another tax that I pay is given a break, but the problem is that the break they’re proposing has no impact on my life. Lower the state sales tax percentage and we’ll talk. Give a break to something that benefits everyone who would have to all the sudden start paying this tax. Anything else puts less money into the pockets of Floridians and that is BAD for our fragile economy.

 

More Stories in Florida

Program Gives Foster Youths Chance For More Normal Life

A recent pilot program is making it easier for young people in foster care to earn a driver’s license and insurance for them to achieve a more normal life.


Police Identify Shooter as FSU Alumnus

The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University’s library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.


Undated arrest photo of Chadwick Banks.

Chadwick Banks Executed By Lethal Injection For Double-Murder

Chadwick Banks became the 20th person executed under Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. The 43-year-old was put to death after being convicted in the 1992 slaying of his wife, Cassandra Banks, as well as the rape and murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter, Melody Cooper. Eighty-nine people have been put to death in Florida since executions resumed in the state in 1979.


Pastor Zach Zehnder of theCross Church in Mount Dora speaks to the crowd in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for world’s longest speech marathon. Zehnder ultimately spoke for more than 53 hours.

Mount Dora Pastor Attempts To Break Guinness World Record For Longest Speech

A Mount Dora pastor may have broken the Guinness World Record for the Longest Speech Marathon. The speech, which lasted over 53 hours, was used to raise money for a local cause.


(From left) Mitch Holeve celebrates Garrett "G-Money" Holeve's victory against David "Cerebral Assassin" on Saturday night. G-Money won by submission.

MMA Fighter G-Money Victorious Over Cerebral Assassin

Mixed martial artists Garrett “G-Money” Holeve and David “Cerebral Assasin” Steffan fought on Saturday in Sullivan, Missouri. G-Money defeated his opponent in their much anticipated bout by submission in the second round.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments