On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Florida Retail Federation CEO Rick McAllister sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss how Florida’s sales tax holiday will mean big savings for back-to-school shoppers.
From Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4, back-to-school shoppers will enjoy not having to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax on many items. “Apparel up to $75 per item, school supplies up to $15 per item, and this year – for the very first time – computers and laptops and tablets up to $750 will be included in this tax-free period,” McAllister tells Gomes. McAllister also discusses retailers’ push to require online stores to collect sales tax just as brick-and-mortar stores do. “You know it’s been a political hot potato,” McAllister says. “There are some politicians who are afraid of the way it makes them look, like they are allowing extra money to be taken from citizens. It’s a collection issue: Citizens owe the money and the economy of Florida deserves the money.” McAllister also addresses the economic impact of retailers in the state, the Obama administration’s decision to delay the insurance mandate on employers, and more on “Florida NewsMakers.”
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