Collecting Sales Tax on Internet Purchases Makes Sense As Part of Tax Modernization | Print |  E-mail
February 2012

Overcoming the obstacles to collecting unpaid sales tax on Internet purchases and raising additional revenue makes sense, particularly as part of a comprehensive plan to modernize the state's tax system to make it fairer to average Floridians and local small business owners.

Requiring out-of-state retailers to collect the tax would level the playing field for Florida-based companies and strengthen the state's tax structure.  The national solution using a streamlined sales tax agreement among the states would provide the most comprehensive and legally defensible approach to the Internet tax issue.

But proposals that would offset additional revenues with reductions elsewhere would worsen existing flaws in Florida's tax system.  They would miss a large opportunity to make taxes more adequate to meet needs and would put more of the tax burden on average consumers.

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