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Lawmakers seek tax exemption for diapers

Buying diapers for babies or adults would be free of sales taxes under a proposal filed Thursday in the Florida House.

Minority Leader Janet Cruz, a Tampa Democrat, filed a measure (HB 163) that would provide a sales-tax exemption on diapers, incontinence undergarments, pads and liners and disposable “baby wipes.”

Sen. Lauren Book, a Plantation Democrat who gave birth to twins in February, filed a similar measure (SB 56) last month. The bills are filed for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.

A similar proposal was filed in the 2017 session but did not make the Legislature’s final tax-cut package.

A Senate staff analysis for the 2017 session estimated that the tax exemption would cut state revenue by $52.1 million a year. Without the exemption for baby wipes, the number would be $40 million.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

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