Starting May 1, local Florida businesses will have a more level playing field against Amazon.com. The Internet-only retailer will begin collecting and remitting 6% sales taxes just like local businesses do.
Amazon is building two distribution centers in the state (exact locations are undisclosed), forcing the tax collection, but retailers also put pressure on state legislators to not cave on all of Amazon’s subsidy demands.
CBA has been working to educate federal and state legislators about the negative impact discriminatory taxation policies have on local businesses that are forced to collect taxes while Internet-only companies aren’t. Amazon and others compete against local businesses on price because of not charging taxes and not supporting local services.
Amazon has reached similar agreements, building warehouses and collecting sales taxes, in several other states as they move toward creating a physical-retail network.