Thank you for contacting me in regard to the online sales tax. I would like to take this opportunity to address this important issue.
Currently, states are not allowed to require sales tax collection by out-of-state online retailers. In response, on March 10, 2015, Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) reintroduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015 (S. 698). The legislation would allow for state enforcement of sales tax collection by online retailers with greater than $1 million in sales, provided states take steps to simplify their sales tax system. S. 698 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
The Internet sales tax is nothing more than a money grab by tax-hungry state and local governments that are desperate for more revenue because they refuse to cut spending. When the same legislation came before the Senate for a vote last Congress, I did not support it because it would force businesses that sell products and services online to collect sales taxes from consumers in other states where these businesses have no physical representation.
This proposed online sales tax would force businesses in Florida to collect sales taxes imposed by over 9,000 jurisdictions throughout the United States, forcing companies to spend more time and money figuring the regulations out and making sure they send the right amount to each state and municipality where their consumers reside. Due to these problems, I will continue to oppose the imposition of the online sales tax acts.
It is an honor to serve the people of Florida. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss this important topic. If I can be of further assistance, please contact my office.
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