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Back-to-school shoppers to get three days of cheap-stuff savings in August

by Dara Kam | May 26th, 2010

Florida shoppers won’t have to pay taxes on clothes, shoes, books and some other stuff that costs less than $50 or school supplies like notebooks and pens less than $10 for three days in August.

Gov. Charlie Crist signed the Aug. 13-15 tax-free holiday (HB 483) into law today, reviving the popular shopping savings lawmakers nixed for the past two years because of the state’s anemic tax collections.

This year’s tax holiday – a slimmed-down version of 2007′s 10-day savings schedule – is expected to cost the state $21.3 million and local governments nearly $5 million, according to a legislative staff analysis.

Items in the tax-free shopping basket, initiated in 2009, include backpacks, diaper bags, wallets and purses but not briefcases or luggage.

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2 Responses to “Back-to-school shoppers to get three days of cheap-stuff savings in August”

  1. Back to School Supporter Says:

    If the holiday would have passed last year it would have generated $118 million in state and local taxes. Surpassing the cost of $44 million to the state.

  2. Jean Winters Says:

    This article was just below the article that needy AIDs victims will be cut off from life-saving medications. Is this the priority of South Floridians? Tax holiday for “stuff” comes before people’s lives? What a sad commentary.

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