Florida – Joe Gruters Files E-Fairness Bill, This Time With Revenue To Entice

Commerce chair said bill could generate $750 million in recurring revenue.

Will this be the year Florida passes legislation charging sales tax for online purchases?

State Sen. Joe Gruters once again filed a sales tax bill aimed at leveling the playing field for traditional stores.

“It’s not an end-all-and-make-everything-Eden bill,” the Sarasota Republican said, “but it’s a way to do best by our retailers.”

The bill (SB 126) revises a number of definitions as far as remote and mail-order sales. The ultimate impact, he said, should be an e-fairness measure that has companies like Amazon charging sales tax the same as if a shopper purchases goods at the Mall at Millennia.

While sure to be decried as a tax increase, Gruters said it’s not one. That’s because a 2018 ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair says states can charge sales tax on online retail.

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AUGUST 15, 2019