October 28, 2019
Sen. Joe Gruters wants to make sure online retailers are collecting sales tax from Floridians.
“This is my top priority, my number one goal [for the 2020 Legislative Session]” the Sarasota Republican said during a talk at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Future of Florida Forum.
In addition to being a lawmaker and Chair of the Republican Party of Florida, Gruters is an accountant. His professional experience has shown him how consequential online sales tax collections are to the state and to Florida business.
“It’s $700 million a year, plus,” said Gruters, who has already filed an online sales tax bill for the upcoming Legislative Session.
The state has made some effort to level the playing field by lowering the commercial rents tax, though so long as online retailers can move product without collecting sales tax, there will be some imbalance.
“Basically, there’s a 6 percent advantage for our online retailers over our brick and mortar retailers,” he continued.
Gruters also stressed that online sales tax is already state law.
“No, this is not a tax increase, first and foremost,” Gruters said.
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