House, Senate move forward with tax plans
A $102.4 million tax-relief package is ready to go to the House floor, despite Democratic objections Tuesday about part of the plan that would spread local voter-approved tax dollars to charter schools.
Meanwhile, a business-backed tax overhaul had an easier time advancing in the Senate, with the proposal including a move to collect sales taxes on purchases Floridians make from many out-of-state online retailers.
In a party-line, 18-9 vote, the House Appropriations Committee approved the House package (HB 7123), which includes sales-tax “holidays” for storm preparation and back-to-school shopping and a reduction in a commercial lease tax. The bill has cleared its committees and can be taken up on the House floor.
The package is being set up for conference talks with the Senate, where various tax proposals have continued to advance in separate bills, including the overhaul (SB 1112) that drew unanimous support Tuesday from the Finance and Tax Committee.
Part of the Senate bill includes a long-discussed idea about collecting sales taxes on purchases made over the internet from out-of-state retailers. Many of those retailers have not been required to collect sales taxes. Technically, Floridians who buy goods are supposed to pay the taxes, but few do.