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Tallahassee battle lines drawn over Internet sales tax

Carla Jimenez owns an independent bookstore in Tampa, and her top competitor is 3,000 miles away, operating outside the purview of Florida’s sales tax laws.

Hossein Tavana, an avid online shopper who lives in Hollywood, says 60 percent of his purchases take place on the Internet because the Web has the best bargains.

Florida policymakers are considering an “e-tax” law that would help Jimenez compete with the likes of Seattle-based Amazon but would also cost Tavana hundreds of dollars in additional sales taxes a year.

“You have two competing goals that are in direct conflict with one another, from a policy standpoint,” said House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, who leads half of the Legislature’s pro-business, tax-averse majority.

Read the rest of the story on debate over Internet sales taxes here.

 

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