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Nelson, Rubio at odds over internet sales tax



The Senate today voted to advance a bill that would allow states to collect online sales tax. Florida's senators were on opposite sides ofthe vote, as is common.

Democatic Sen. Bill Nelson voted for the Marketplace Fairness Act. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio voted against it. "Making business collect taxes for states they are not in is not fairness, it is a money grab.Hope we can defeat," Rubio said on Twitter.

The Florida Legislature is considering legislation that would force out-of-state online retailers to collect tax, but the measure appears likely to die. Previous attempts also ran into resistance from Republicans who see it as a new tax.

Economists have estimated that Florida loses $454 million annually in sales tax from Internet vendors.


[Last modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 2:44pm]


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