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This Week's Poll



12-11-19

Online Sales Tax for Florida?


By Tami Stevenson


Some changes for online shoppers in Florida may be on the horizon for 2020. According to the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), tax-free online shoppers receive an advantage by not having to pay sales tax, thereby undercutting the brick and mortar retailers and putting them at a disadvantage. The FRF launched a new website last week called fairnessforflorida.com. They posted a video comparing online retail to physical stores arguing these digital stores are hurting the economy and threatening jobs in Florida. Stating, “Retailers in Florida have been competing with one arm tied behind their backs.”


The website states that Florida has more than 270,000 retailers and provides more than 2.7 million jobs for Florida families. These retailers support local charities and pay state and local taxes. Out-of-state businesses do not. They state that Florida is one of only two states left in the nation that has failed to modernize its laws.


The FRF is supporting new legislation filed this fall that would, as they put it, “level the playing field.” SB 126, sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters, and HB 159, sponsored by Rep. Chuck Clemons are speeding through the Senate and House. If passed, the new legislation will take effect on July 1, 2020.