House sets up $300 million tax holiday package for final vote

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Legislation extending $300 million in tax holidays and breaks for veterans, college students, farmers, young families, and more moved closer to a final House vote Tuesday, picking up an amendment expanding use of private contractors to collect auto tag fees.

The amendment, by Republican Jason Brodeur, would let tax collectors in 64 counties where they don’t answer to county commissions contract third parties to sell auto tags after hours and on weekends, and charge a “convenience” fee on top of the state fees.

”Any county that doesn’t want to do this, they don’t have to. Just do it the way they do it now,” Brodeur said.

HB 7109 provides for a range of sales tax breaks and holidays.

College textbooks and “instructional materials” would be exempt from July 1 through June 30 next year.

Diapers and incontinence products would become tax-exempt.

“Low-income families pay roughly twice as much for diapers than families that have access to bulk-buying options,” ranking Democrat Janet Cruz said.

Florida’s “tampon tax” on feminine hygiene products would be eliminated, as it was between 1977 and 1986, Democrat Katie Edwards said.

The bill contains nearly $14 million in tax cuts for agricultural products, including fencing and animal health products.

Floridians could stock up on emergency supplies during nine days in May and June, as hurricane season sets in, including generators and batteries.

Military veterans would win a nine-day annual sales tax holiday for clothing and shoes.

Finally, there’d be a back-to-school tax holiday.

Michael Moline

Michael Moline is a former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal and managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal. Previously, he reported on politics and the courts in Tallahassee for United Press International. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as editor of the Florida Flambeau. His family’s roots in Jackson County date back many generations.


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