Senate Panel Approves Internet Sales Tax Measure

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – One of the best things about buying products online is the lack of sales tax if it isn’t sold in the state.

Now a state Senate panel is looking to change that. On Tuesday they approved a sweeping tax measure aimed at getting those selling products online to Florida residents to collect the state’s six percent sales tax.

A similar bill was considered last year, but ultimately it was not adopted by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature.

But this year’s bill (SB 316) also includes tax breaks designed to offset the extra money that would be received by the state.

The legislation includes a cut in the state tax that is now charged on cell phones, cable and satellite dish bills. It also includes a top priority of Gov. Rick Scott to eliminate the sales tax charged on equipment bought by manufacturers.

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