Just minutes ago, the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax passed SB 316, which will close the Internet sales tax loophole and create a level playing field for the retailers who collect Florida sales tax.
Please take a moment to click on the link to thank sponsors Sen. Nancy Detert and Sen. Gwen Margolis, and the members of this committee for supporting fairness for Florida Main Street businesses, who are currently at a disadvantage to businesses who aren’t collecting the same sales taxes. SEND A MESSAGE
LAKELAND | At one point, staying competitive meant matching low prices around town. Then it meant matching low prices customers found online.
Sandy Fortin, a Lakeland native and owner of 27 Play It Again Sports franchises, says online stores have undercut his prices in a way he can't beat — not collecting sales tax.The state obligates online retailers with a brick-and-mortar presence in Florida to collect the tax, but online shops based elsewhere don't fall in that category. Florida residents, consequently, shop certain online retailers, like Amazon, and avoid sales taxes.
When a business doesn't collect the tax, the state requires consumers to pay the Florida Department of Revenue themselves. But few consumers actually know about the obligation and follow through.