Florida House approves 4 separate tax holidays

Associated PressApril 4, 2014 

The Florida Legislature is back in session. Bay News 9 Photo

TALLAHASSEE -- Floridians would get four sales tax holidays this year under a bill approved by the Florida House.

The House voted 106-11 for a tax cut package that includes sales tax holidays for school supplies, gym memberships, energy efficient appliances and hurricane preparation supplies.

The tax package would also permanently exempt sales taxes charged on car seats and booster seats.

The state's sales tax rate is 6 percent.

Gov. Rick Scott wanted a 10-day back to school sales tax holiday, but the House would limit it to just one weekend.

The House package also calls for a three-day holiday on energy efficient appliances and a week-long holiday on gym memberships.

Some Democrats voted against the bill (HB 5601) because a tax shift included the package would cost local governments money.

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