Fla. Tax Law Likely To Avoid Court Despite Legal Issues

By Carolina Bolado (May 20, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT) -- Despite claims from some lawmakers and advocacy groups that a new Florida law exempting manufacturing equipment from sales tax is unconstitutional, the measure likely won't be challenged in court because local governments that can sue over lost revenue stand to gain from the measure, experts said Monday.

H.B. 7007, which was one of Gov. Rick Scott's top priorities for the legislative session, repeals the state's 6 percent sales tax for manufacturing equipment for three years, unless the Legislature renews it. The measure is meant to lure more manufacturing jobs to the state, which lags behind neighboring states in that sector....

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