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Walmart says gun-display back-to-school promotion was prank

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Walmart is having all sorts of promotions for the back-to-school season, but selling firearms isn’t one of them. The world’s largest retailer said Friday an internal investigation determined without a doubt that the company was pranked when a photograph emerged on social media showing a sign reading “Own The School Year Like A Hero” atop a gun case in a store.

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Florida offering tax `holiday’ for back-to-school shoppers

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With computers returned to the discount list, Florida retailers are readying for back-to-school shoppers this weekend during the state’s sales-tax “holiday.” The holiday, which will run Friday through Sunday is a large part of a tax-cut package (HB 7109) that lawmakers passed this spring. The package is projected to provide $91.6 million in tax breaks during the budget year that started July 1.

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Mike Fasano’s July charity is Pasco back-to-school supply drive

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For July’s charity-of-the-month, the five offices of Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano will be collecting donations to help kids whose families cannot afford basic back-to-school supplies required of most students. Soon after the promotion ends at the end of the month, schools in each community will receive the supplies. “Each year students are expected to purchase an ever-growing list of supplies to bring with them on the first day of school,” Fasano said in a statement. “Gone are the…

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Keith Perry files bill to create 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday

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Sen. Keith Perry has filed a bill calling for a 10-day back-to-school tax holiday in August. Under the proposed legislation (SB 490), certain school supplies would be tax exempt from Aug. 4 through 14. “As I talk to folks across north central Florida, I hear the same thing over and over – people are working hard to do right by their children,” he said in a statement Thursday. “Any steps we can take legislatively to lessen the burden on Florida’s…

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Florida back-to-school tax holiday returns; here’s what’s tax free

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Florida’s popular back-to-school sales tax holiday returns this weekend, with tax exemptions on a broad range of school-related products. The 2016 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, somewhat shorter than in past years, begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. During the three-day period, purchases of specified school supplies and clothing are exempt from sales tax. Tax-exempt clothing and accessories are defined as any article of clothing, wallet or bag, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs and…

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Florida’s back to school tax holiday scaled back this year

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Florida’s back to school sales tax holiday will be scaled back this year. A key Senate panel on Thursday approved a bill that would cut back the tax holiday from 10 days to just three days in August. During that time period shoppers will be able to purchase clothes and school supplies without paying sales taxes. Legislators are limiting the tax holiday to clothes that cost $60 or less. Last year the tax holiday covered anything that cost $100 or…

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Email insights: Florida’s longest back-to-school tax holiday starts Friday

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Returning to school may not be popular with students, but parents are looking forward to Florida’s annual sales tax holiday and the associated back-to-school sales. A new email from the Florida Retail Federation reminds everyone that the 2015 sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 7, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 16. The 10-day extension is the longest back-to-school shopping holiday since the practice began in 1998, giving consumers two full weekends to shop for necessary school supplies, clothing and…

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