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Updated: 12/02/2012 08:00:05AM

A clear conscience with a discount

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Well, nothing is easy in our state Legislature but this one seems a no-brainer. They took a crack at it last year. State Sen. Nancy Detert sponsored a proposal to make it happen, but the bill had no House companion and it went nowhere. The scandalous, ubiquitous lawbreaking continues.

The unmentionable scandal is the tax on Internet purchases we are supposed to send in to the Florida Department of Revenue each year. Yes, under the law we are individually responsible to record the 6 or 7 percent we are not billed for on out-of-state purchases. “Ah,” you tell say, “I didn’t know.” That book, case of wine, fishing reel or pair of shoes is probably recorded somewhere on your computer. You owe the tax. Not paying it makes you a lawbreaker.

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