FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 25, 2021
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262
Tallahassee, FL – The Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism unanimously passed Senate Bill 50, Sales and Use Tax, by Senator Joe Gruters today during its committee hearing. SB 50, a priority of Florida’s retail industry, enables Florida to collect and remit owed sales tax on purchases from out-of-state and online retailers.
During the committee meeting, Senator Gruters addressed the committee members stating, “This is all about fairness. Fairness to our local communities. Fairness to our local brick and mortar shops that are struggling as they’re competing on some of these low margin items against foreign competitors. This is long overdue.”
During Monday's meeting, Grace Lovett, Vice President of Government Affairs of the Florida Retail Federation, testified in support of this legislation to level the playing field for Florida's retailers.
The FRF supports the measure to “fix the glitch” and level the playing field for Florida’s local retailers by modernizing Florida statute.
Florida is currently only one out of two states in the nation that have yet to adopt remote seller requirements for out-of-state and foreign retailers. The FRF thanks Senator Gruters for his persistent leadership to pursue this legislation and ensure fairness for Florida's retailers.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.