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Donald Trump renews Twitter criticism of Amazon

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President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, and he says the company is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers.”

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Pinellas County staff to answer questions on Penny for Pinellas program Monday

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Pinellas County staff will be on hand at Monday’s meeting of the Council of North County Neighborhoods to talk about the Penny for Pinellas program. Staff will discuss the one-cent sales tax, give a presentation on past projects funded by the program, and answer questions about projects being proposed for funding. Ideas for capital improvement in North Pinellas County are also welcome. The one-cent sales tax has been around since 1990 and is split between the county and the 24…

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Survey shows fewer than half of voters support Penny for Pinellas renewal

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A new survey shows fewer than half Pinellas voters would cast a ballot for renewing the Penny for Pinellas if the referendum were held today. The poll, by St. Pete Polls, shows 48 percent of registered voters in Pinellas County would vote to support another Penny. Another 28 percent would not support it, and 23 percent are unsure. Although the poll shows the Penny failing to pass if the election were today, the vote is close and, with a 2.2…

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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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Soon-to-be new mom Lauren Book wants diapers exempt from sales tax

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New state Sen. Lauren Book, who’s eight months pregnant with twins, has filed legislation to exempt diapers and baby wipes from the state’s 6 percent sales tax. Book, a Broward County Democrat, filed her bill (SB 252) Thursday. A similar provision was filed last month by House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa. The 32-year-old lawmaker, elected in November, said the idea came to her as she attended pregnancy classes. Book is having a boy and a girl, due in February. “For many…

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A real fright for Halloween: Florida tax rules on candy, treats

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For many Floridians, the most unsettling part of Halloween isn’t ghosts, goblins, or zombies. It’s figuring the state’s tax rules on candy. The innocent goody bag can become a minefield of tax policy, with often-confusing rules governing grocery store purchases statewide and throughout the country. Florida TaxWatch, the nonprofit bipartisan government watchdog, uses Halloween to demonstrate exactly which goodies are taxable and which are not. “Florida shoppers know that most of their groceries are tax-free, but the rules can get very tricky,…

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Florida 2015-16 general revenue boosted by extra billion in sales tax

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State economists released a rundown of state revenue streams Monday, including the sources for Florida’s $28.41 billion in general revenue funds. According to the 2016 Florida Tax Handbook, the state sales tax looks to see the biggest gains in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Sales tax makes up 77 percent of the state’s general revenue funds; the expected $21.87 billion haul represents an increase of about $1.07 billion from last year. The corporate income tax was the only other general revenue…

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