Tax-Free Weekend Ends; Florida Saw An Economic Boost

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

By: Elizabeth Nickerson
August 5, 2013

Tallahassee, FL- Cashiers kept scanning items and that is the sound stores heard all weekend. Many local retailers saw a big jump from last year's tax-free sales.

"It was a fantastic weekend driving by our sales that we had running in various departments and the tax -free weekend just took us over the top," said Ray Gray, a store leader at the local JCPenney's

"There is actually a great excitement that people actually buy things that they might not have otherwise purchased, so there is economic activity that might not have occurred without it," said
Dominic Calabro, the president of the Florida Tax Watch.

The economic activity this year was higher than last. Florida Taxwatch estimates that the state made $30 million just this weekend alone, it reduced the burden of all shoppers by $28 million and during the past four years it has saved tax payers more than $4 billion.

But, Floridians say they wished that the stores would have taken advantage of the last day of tax free so they can take advantage of the deals.

Governors Square Mall in Tallahassee closed at 6PM, and even though some retailers had extended hours they were only open an hour or two later.

"Closing at 6 is kind of difficult especially for me I work on the weekends sometimes so it makes it hard to come in trying to get those last minute things," said Dava Hankerson, a Tallahassee resident.

Many Florida retailers are not done with the holiday. There are some stores that are having post tax-free deals.

Georgia's tax-free holiday is just around the corner starting this Friday, on August 9th and 10th.

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