School Tax Holiday Back in House

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida - March 31, 2011 -- 10:03am

Back-to-school shoppers could experience the thrill of a three-day sales tax holiday beginning August 12 under a measure approved Wednesday by the House Finance and Tax Committee. By unanimous vote, the panel approved a measure (HB 733) that would allow back-to-school shoppers to pick up supplies of less than $15, qualified clothing under $75 and textbooks up to $75, a provision that has not been previously included in sales tax holiday events. The Florida Retail Federation commissioned a study that showed a net gain of $7 million from last year’s three-day holiday, which increases taxable sales by $115 million when compared to the previous year when no holiday was in place. A Senate version (SB 508) has yet to be heard.

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  • by Crumbs to the peasants on Mar 31, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    This is just so the legislature can feel good about themselves. "See we helped the citizens. Nevermind the cuts we have done."
  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 31, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Another Feel Good Policy , Stop wasting time and Get to Work .
  • by Any business leaders? on Mar 31, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    So, the State is having income problems and the House decides to cut one of its money generaters. That makes little sense.
  • by Sara on Mar 31, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    This is a GREAT idea, and a help to partents...but, they need to look at when school starts, some counties last year started before the tax weekend. Great program that, even if it only saves a little, still helps...
  • by Jonathan Swift Location: Florida on Mar 31, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    A mere pittance for the peasants, folks. But even this incredibly miserly tax cut has strings attached to it. Yet the cut to Florida's already extremely low corporate tax rate does not require anything---like creating at least a single job, for example---to qualify for. The wealthy can just pocket the money. More class-warfare from Florida's GOP leadership.
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      by Sara on Mar 31, 2011 at 09:06 AM in reply to Jonathan Swift
      This also helps organizations that help poor families stock up more to help them...every little bit helps.
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