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Florida lawmakers consider ways to collect sales tax on internet sales
FLORIDA -- For 12 years Florida lawmakers have been considering ways to collect sales tax on more internet sales.
Now they may get some help from the federal government.
The senate is discussing a bill that would authorize states to demand sales taxes from retailers that do more than a million dollars a year in online sales.
A small business owner, Doug posted on our Facebook page, "The states have to develop infrastructure that is simple and convenient for online dealers."
This bill would require participating states to make collecting and paying taxes easier.
It calls for a Uniform Tax Return form and free software to help retailers calculate the taxes.
Henry wrote: "Probably the best chance to collect the tax revenue would be to force consumers to pay their own sales tax to the Florida Department of Revenue."
Florida law says, if you buy online or by mail and the seller doesn't collect tax you're supposed to pay it to the state yourself.
That doesn't always happen hence the push for retailers to collect it.