'Small Business Saturday' pitched for 2018


Small businesses would be able to sell items costing less than $1,000 without charging sales taxes the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2018, under a proposal filed this week by Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah.

The measure (SB 76) calls for a “Small Business Saturday” during the start of the traditional end-of-year holiday shopping season.

It would be akin to the state's familiar back-to-school sales tax “holiday.”

The bill was filed for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.

Garcia backed similar measures in 2015 and 2016 that drew unanimous support in two Senate committees but failed to advance through the Appropriations Committee.

House proposals those years also died.