Monday, 01 April 2019 15:14

R. Scott Shalley: Let us compete

Over the past several years, Florida’s retailers have faced remarkable challenges as they navigate through a fast-changing world.

Through it all, the retail industry has shown great resiliency and has asked for little more than a level playing field.

Unfortunately, as e-commerce boomed, a glaring disparity positioned our members and other Florida retailers at a significant disadvantage to online and out-of-state competitors.

Our state now has the opportunity to eliminate a legal loophole that will ensure fair competition and support Florida-based businesses, jobs and communities.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair reversed a decades-old decision permitting out-of-state retailers to evade the collection of sales taxes when shipping goods into states where the retailer had no presence. READ COMPLETE OP ED at floridapolitics.com

R. Scott Shalley is the President & CEO of the Florida Retail Federation.

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