Gov. Scott would sign a bill to collect Internet taxes if…

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Gov. Rick Scott says he would sign a bill to require out-of-state companies to collect Florida taxes on Internet purchases if it were revenue neutral. Scott told The Florida Current this week that he isn’t interested in increasing tax revenue by raising tax rates, but said again, as he has in the past, that he recognizes the unfairness to brick-and-mortar businesses of competing with companies that don’t collect sales tax. Scott told The Current he could sign a measure, but it would depend on what is meant by “revenue neutral.” A Senate bill is being drafted that the chairwoman of the Finance and Tax Subcommittee, Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, has indicated might increase collection of the tax while offsetting the income by decreasing taxes elsewhere.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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