Floridians look forward to three sales tax holidays


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Floridians can look forward to three separate sales tax holidays in the next few months, thanks to three bills passed by the legislature during the recent session and signed Monday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Starting May 31, a nine-day sales tax holiday goes into effect for hurricane supplies — including batteries, flashlights, tarps and generators — worth $750 or less. During this period, the state’s usual 6 percent sales tax is suspended.

“This is going to go a long way to helping Floridians prepare for hurricane season, making sure they have all the supplies they need to get themselves and their families ready,” said Bryan Koon, the state’s emergency management director.

August 1-3, Floridians also get a break during a three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday. Under the legislation, shoppers will not have to pay sales taxes on any clothes worth $100 or less, school supplies worth $15 or less, or on the first $750 of the cost of a personal computer.

The third sales tax holiday will be held Sept. 19-21 on the purchase of energy-efficient appliances costing $1,500 or less.

The tax cut package is a portion of roughly $500 million worth of tax and fee cuts that were approved this spring by the Florida Legislature.

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