Communications tax amended, approved

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A Senate plan to alter Florida’s Communications Services Tax passed a Senate panel on Monday after the sponsor stripped out language that would have reduced revenue to state coffers, reports the News Service of Florida.. The measure, SB 1060, continues the revamping of the services tax to reflect changing media delivery including advent of the new technology. Mirroring the House bill, HB 809 the bill deletes digital services from the tax. The measure was approved by the Senate Community Affairs Committee by unanimous vote. The bill now travels to the House Budget Committee.

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