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Gov. Rick Scott to pitch 10-day sales tax holiday



Florida Gov. Rick Scott will propose a 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday in a speech Friday.

Florida families would save an estimated $60 million in state and local taxes under the proposal. 

Scott will make the pitch during a speech at the Florida Chamber of Commerce's annual Insurance Summit. He has been rolling out portions of his "It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget" in recent days. 

Clothing, footwear, school supplies and computers are included in the tax exempt purchases. 

His proposal would more than triple the number of days included in the back-to-school event, compared to recent years. 

Florida held a 3-day sales tax holiday for the past four years. The economic downturn caused the tax holiday to be cancelled in 2008 and 2009. 

The state's first sales tax holiday was a 7-day event in 1998. It grew to 9 days in 1999.


[Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:43pm]


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