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Fishkind Conversations: The Case For Taxing Internet Sales In Florida

E-commerce concept photo courtesy of Pixabay
E-commerce concept photo courtesy of Pixabay

Since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 ruling allowing states to collect sales taxes on internet-based sales, forty-two states and the District of Columbia have enacted policies to do just that.

Florida is one of only two states that has a statewide sales tax, but does not tax internet sales.

Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says that from a strictly economic perspective, he finds the issue straightforward: there is no economic basis to exempt internet sales from sales taxes.

But as he tells 90.7's Nicole Darden Creston, things are rarely that simple.

Click the Play Audio button to hear their conversation.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.
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