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Senate bill proposes 10-day sales tax holiday next summer

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sales taxes on clothes, school supplies and personal computers would be lifted for two weekends before the start of the 2018 school year under a measure filed this week in the Florida Senate.

The back-to-school sales tax “holiday” proposal would allow shoppers to avoid paying sales taxes for 10 days in late July and early August on clothes and shoes costing up to 100 dollars per item, school supplies that cost $15 or less, and personal computers and related accessories priced at $1,000 or less. 

The state has offered back-to-school tax holidays most years since 1998. 

Florida Retail Federation spokesman James Miller hopes the legislation will be approved during the 2018 session which begins in January.

"This is an easy win for legislators to take back to their constituents each year," Miller said. "We hope they recognize the importance of it, the value of it both to the businesses in their area and their constituents, and we hope that it remains 10 days."

This past August, the state offered a  shorter three-day tax holiday, with the cutoff threshold for taxes not collected on clothes, shoes and personal computers lower than in the proposed bill. 

So far, the House does not have a similar version of the Senate bill. 

If approved, the tax holiday would last from July 27 through Aug. 5.