By Michael Mayo
Sun Sentinel Columnist
12:20 PM EST, December 6, 2013
My movement to wipe away sales tax on toilet paper is on a roll. A blogger for Forbes.com has spotlighted my efforts with a blog post, "Flushing Out the Toilet Paper Tax Exemption."
Tax specialist/Forbes contributor Kelly Phillips Erb wrote: "While Mayo’s petition [on Change.org] may be a bit cheeky (insert terrible groans here), he does have a point...Mayo pointed out that toilet paper is the perfect candidate to promote sales tax parity. While quality may vary in purchases from the richest to the poorest of Florida’s population – everyone buys toilet paper. It is, in some odd sense, the great sales tax leveler."
I'm glad someone from the national media has taken notice of my crusade, which began when I noticed Florida's screwy sales tax system exempts luxury goods like stone crab and truffle oil, but not basic toiletries like toilet paper and toothpaste. I had a chance to speak with Erb this morning and told her that I'd keep her posted with any legislative developments. In her home state of Pennsylvania, toilet paper is considered a necessity and is not subject to sales tax.
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