Florida – House Tax Committee Opens Debate Over Taxing Online Sales

Members of the House Ways & Means committee hankered openly Wednesday to collect potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in sales taxes on online sales.

What wasn’t clear is whether Florida’s new supermajority requirement to raise revenues would allow them to do that.

“That’s going to be a policy call for you guys,” staff director Don Langston told the committee during its first hearing of the year.

Nevertheless, committee members from both parties expressed interest in going after this revenue.

Business groups, too, have advocated for extending the sales tax to online retailers — both to shield small businesses against major online retailers and to align the state’s tax code with the digital economy.

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by Michael Moline
January 9, 2019


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