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Sales tax holiday proposed for August

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Senate Republican on Wednesday proposed holding a 10-day tax "holiday" in August for back-to-school shoppers. Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, filed the proposal on the same day that Gov. Rick Scott announced a proposed tax-package that included a similar 10-day tax holiday.

Under Perry's proposal (SB 490), shoppers would be able to avoid paying sales taxes from Aug. 4 through Aug. 13 on clothing that costs $100 or less per item. Also, the tax break would apply to school supplies that cost $15 or less and personal computers and related accessories that cost $1,000 or less.

A news release from Scott's office did not provide such details about his proposed tax-holiday, other than to say it would last 10 days and reduce taxes by $72 million. The proposals by Perry and Scott will be considered during the legislative session that starts March 7.