WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Collecting Florida State Sales Tax from Online Purchases


Play Audio

Image: Florida State Flag , dos.myflorida.com

Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

Were you aware that when you buy something online, for instance, a book from Amazon  if you aren’t charged sales tax, you’re supposed to download Form DR-15MO from the Florida Department of Revenue, calculate what the local sales tax would be, and send in a payment?

It’s a little-known and rarely enforced rule that could be costing the state millions.

The Legislature has taken up a proposal that would require online retailers to take on the task, rather than leave it to uninformed and, let’s face it, unmotivated consumers.

Sen. Joe Gruters says his proposal requires businesses with no physical presence in Florida to collect sales tax when customers in Florida make purchases, and it could pump more than $600 million a year into coronavirus-injured state and local coffers. While the pandemic has led to more shopping online, the state faces a projected $2.75 billion revenue shortfall.

The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy points out that restoring the corporate income tax to its pre-2018 rate and doing a better job of collecting it would be a way to raise revenue without putting the onus on families and individuals, but that’s likely a non-starter with our Legislature’s business-friendly majority.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida COVID-19 news, updates on special programs and more. Support our extended coverage.

GET THE LATEST

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

TOP