Amazon to start collecting sales taxes in Florida

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida
Published On: Apr 16 2014 04:43:37 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 16 2014 05:01:21 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Internet retailer Amazon.com is going to start collecting sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians.

A spokesman for the company confirmed Wednesday that Amazon will begin to collect the state's 6 percent sales taxes on May 1.

The move follows the decision by Amazon to build distribution centers in the Sunshine State.

Currently, Floridians are supposed to pay taxes for online purchases, but there's no way to enforce the law. The state can't force companies like Amazon to collect the tax unless it has a physical presence, such as a warehouse or store.

Amazon approached Gov. Rick Scott about striking a deal to come to Florida but he initially rejected it because of concerns it would result in higher taxes for Floridians.

Scott reversed that decision last June.

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