Proposed back-to-school sales tax holiday would save Florida shoppers $30 million

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Tallahassee, Florida - State lawmakers want to give you a tax break for a few days this summer.

They are proposing another back-to-school tax holiday in August. The legislation eliminates state and local sales taxes on such items as clothes, shoes and school supplies.

This year's version of the bill also wipes out sales taxes on certain electronics, including laptops and tablet computers costing up to $750.

To qualify, the computers must be bought for personal use. Some accessories are also eligible, including keyboards, monitors and modems.

Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, is sponsoring the legislation.

"This is really the one opportunity that the state of Florida has to give back to Floridians to say, 'We know the time that you're going for back-to-school shopping can be very stressful, can be very expensive, so here's a small thank you gift of being able to give some of those hard-earned tax dollars back to Floridians.'"

This year's sales tax holiday will run from August 2 - 4. Estimates indicate it will save shoppers about $30 million.

Dave Heller

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