Indiana (news of February 4, 2013):
Amazon.com and other online-only retailers would have to start collecting Indiana’s 7 percent sales tax this summer under a bill approved overwhelmingly by the Indiana House.
The bill approved by a 79-18 vote on Monday would negate an agreement between Amazon and former Gov. Mitch Daniels that gave the company until next year to start charging the sales tax.
…The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. [source]
Florida (news of February 5, 2013):
In a 10-1 vote, the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee today endorsed a bill that would require out-of-state retailers to pay taxes on Internet sales to Floridians.
…While the bill has support in the Senate, the question remains how it will be received in the House, which has been more resistant to the issue. [source]
Not surprisingly, the focus is again heavily on Amazon. However, just as in the other states where such laws were enacted, (a) it isn’t Amazon, but in-state consumers who will have to pay the tax, and (b) it isn’t Amazon (alone) who will suffer, but thousands of small businesses [see my article on it here] that Indiana- and Florida-based affiliate marketers run.
I have just analyzed an affiliate database in an established affiliate program that I manage; and in a 7-year-old program, affiliates from Indiana and Florida represent 1.7% and 9% (of the whole number of affiliates aboard) respectively. This amounts to nearly half a thousand of small businesses; but this is only in one fairly niche affiliate program.