On May 1, Amazon will start charging sales tax on all purchases made by Floridians.
On the surface, this is seems like a big bummer. I mean, we've been ordering stuff tax-free on Amazon for what seems like forever. Now, every time we want to buy a juicer or other kitchen gadget on a diet whim, we'll have to figure tax into the big picture.
However, when you step back and think about it, charging sales tax is the right thing to do.
Previously, Amazon wasn't required to charge sales tax on Florida purchases because it had no brick and mortar location in the state. Right this second, Amazon is in the process of building two huge warehouses in Florida, one in Lakeland and one in Ruskin. The Ruskin location is on track to be completed by the end of the year and early estimates indicate that an estimated 2,500 new jobs will be created. That's not even counting all the work that will be done by Amazon robots.
It's estimated that this new tax will add about $80 million to Florida's state revenue.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.