Back-to-school tax 'holiday' pitched for 2018

By News Service of Florida
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Sales taxes would be lifted for two weekends before the start of the 2018 school year on clothes, school supplies and personal computers, under a measure filed Monday in the Senate.

The back-to-school sales tax “holiday” proposal (SB 686) by Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, 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 per item, school supplies that cost $15 or less, and personal computers and related accessories priced at $1,000 or less.

This August, the state offered a three-day tax holiday, with taxes not collected on clothes and shoes costing up to $60 per item and personal computers priced at $750 or less.

This year's tax break included school supplies at the $15 mark.

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

The House does not currently have a version of Perry's bill, which is filed for the legislative session starting in January.

If Perry's bill is approved, the tax holiday would last from July 27 through Aug. 5.

News Service of Florida