Eyewear Tax

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Buy a pair of prescription glasses or contacts in Florida, and
there's no tax, but lawmakers are taking a closer look at that tax
exemption and others.
Lobbyists for ophthalmologist and optometrists stood in front of
the House Finance and Tax Council on Thursday, telling lawmakers
they shouldn't tax the 30 percent or more of Floridians who wear
glasses.
One estimate says the state could get more than $45 million a
year by taxing contacts and glasses _ a sum lobbyists disputed.
It was unclear whether the committee would be sympathetic to
keeping the exemption, but six of the 15 members were wearing
glasses at the meeting.


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