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I got this email today
Dear Mr. Soliman,
Thank you for contacting me in regard to online sales tax. I would like to take this opportunity to address this important issue.
As you know, on April 16, 2013, Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (S. 743). Currently, states are not allowed to require sales tax collection by out-of-state online retailers. This 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.
On May 6, 2013, the Senate passed S.743 by a 69-27 vote, and the bill now awaits further action in the House of Representatives. I did not support S. 743 because it will force businesses that sell products and services online to collect sales taxes from consumers in other states where these businesses have no physical representation. 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. If this does becomes law, it will force businesses in Florida to collect sales taxes imposed by over 9,000 jurisdictions throughout the U.S., 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.
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.
United States Senator
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