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Three-day disaster preparedness sales tax holiday begins Friday

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The Florida Retail Federation has issued a reminder that the new disaster preparedness sales-tax holiday begins this week. Right in time for hurricane season, the state will waive sales taxes on purchases of emergency supplies starting at 12:01 p.m. Friday, ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. “Thanks to our legislative leaders and Gov. Scott for including the disaster preparedness sales-tax holiday in the budget, especially with Florida coming off of a year with hurricanes, tornadoes and floods,” federation president and CEO R.…

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Tax breaks clear Senate Appropriations as session enters final scheduled week

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved some $75 million in tax breaks Monday, including repeal of Florida’s tampon tax, that would be central to passing an $83 billion budget and ending the Legislative Session on time Friday. The committee also approved across-the-board pay raises for state workers, with extra money for high-risk employees, plus an option to participate in a defined-contribution retirement plan instead of a traditional pension. “I am pleased to see a tax package advance to the Senate floor that…

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Dominic Calabro: Sales tax holidays – a Florida tradition and boon to taxpayers, businesses

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Few legislative decisions have been as wildly popular as Florida’s “sales tax holidays.” They have become more than just a tax break. They are a traditional back-to-school event that families plan for, neighbors talk about and businesses promote. This year’s back-to-school sales tax holiday – from Aug. 5 through 7 – is shorter than last year and does not exempt from taxes some items previously included such as computers. But few tax breaks generate such excitement among taxpayers while stimulating…

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