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Fla. Senate Targets Internet Sales Taxes

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A man looks at the internet site Foursquare June 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. Foursquare lets people log their locations by "checking in" from where they are at any given moment using smartphones or other Internet-linked devices.  (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A man looks at the internet site Foursquare June 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. Foursquare lets people log their locations by “checking in” from where they are at any given moment using smartphones or other Internet-linked devices. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you’ve enjoyed shopping on Black Friday from the comfort of your home, knowing you’re saving on sales taxes; some Florida lawmakers may have bad news for you.

Thursday, a Florida Senate committee moved a bill forward that would require online retailers like Amazon.com and others to collect the state’s 6 percent sales tax if the company has a warehouse or provides commissions to Florida residents who direct customers to the website.

In exchange for the sales tax, the state would hold a sales tax holiday to give taxpayers an amount equal to what’s collected online.

The only question is enforcement. Several states have tried to enforce similar laws against online retailers, but most of those laws have been challenged in court.

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