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FL – Exemptions and their cost…WOW

Posted by salestax on September 8, 2008

Guess I never looked at a list of exemptions like this.  When you look at it like this, it’s not very difficult to see that there are definitely some exemptions here that are extremely regressive.  A local news agency reported this article about how Florida is losing over 12M annum on sales tax exemptions.  And while they don’t come out and say that the taxes they’re focusing on are regressive, it’s very apparent.  Yes, sales taxes shouldn’t be charged on agricultural feed or groceries, but exemptions for superbowl tickets?  Give me a break! 

What do you think, Floridians?  Will an extra $7 deter a vacationing tourist from taking a chartered fishing boat?  Wouldn’t you rather tourists pay their fair share of taxes while taking advantage of your attractions so you can have lower property taxes?  This news report seems to take the stance that the people just don’t care.  Do you?

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2 Responses to “FL – Exemptions and their cost…WOW”

  1. I agree completely! In addition to salestax’s comments, I would like for FL to get their act together and sign-on to SSTA. This, in turn, will compel them to eliminate their “fuzzy-math” rounding rule, as well as other oddball sales tax schemes.

    And while we’re on the subject, what about their “neo-nazi” tax auditors who have about as much ethics as a car salesman? We need legislation to reel-in those nutjobs and bring taxpayer service back into the FL DOR!

  2. FL recently has been reviewing some of the standings on sales tax law. A recent change has removed them from the acceptance of the Multi-Jurisdictional Certificate (MTC) form. Be prepared to present a valid license for exemption at all times.

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