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Florida's back to school tax holiday shorter and smaller

Posted at 6:55 AM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 12:46:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida parents shopping for the new school year are getting a smaller, shorter back-to-school sales tax holiday.

The sales tax holiday kicks off this coming Friday at 12:01 a.m. and will last the entire weekend. Last year's back to school tax holiday lasted 10 days.

Shoppers won't have to pay state or local sales taxes on clothes worth $60 or less per item and on school supplies worth $15 or less. That's a sizable drop from last year when shoppers could buy clothing worth $100 or less without paying taxes.

The Florida Department of Revenue has a complete list of items that are, and are not exempt.

Another major change for this year is that legislators eliminated computers from the tax break.

Gov. Rick Scott asked for a longer tax holiday but legislators ignored his request.

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