FORT MYERS, Fla. - When lawmakers voted to bring back the sales tax holiday, they also voted to make the holiday shorter. Due to the economy, they said Florida couldn't afford to lose money in a longer window for shopping. But if that's the case, we wondered why some of the items are on the list at all.
The sales tax holiday starts Friday August 13th and runs through Sunday, August 15th. It includes school supplies under $10 and clothes under $50.
Parent Josephine Steele started her shopping early Friday. "Before everybody gets off work and gets paid today," said Steele.
We looked over the list of exempt items from the Department of Revenue. Most of the things included in the sales tax holiday make sense like crayons, scissors and glue. But some of the things that aren't exempt are things like staplers, staples, even computer paper.
We were surprised at some of the other things included IN the holiday like ski suits.
"I think that's kind of silly. why ski suits?" said Steele.
Other tax-exempt items include:
fishing vests and hunting vests.
Seeing those items on the list is irritating to some parents.
"Adding all that other stuff? Yes it is. If they can do that, they could have let us have a longer time (to shop)," said Steele.
WINK NEWS spoke to State Senator Mike Fasano, (R) New Port Richey, who sponsored this year's bill.
He said his bill included anything families might need and used the same list the Department of Revenue created when Governor Jeb Bush first started the sales tax holiday.
He said he would have loved to have everything and anything exempt over the holiday, but fiscally Florida can't afford it. He said they had to target items that families needed. For instance, computer paper is not included because every business would run out and buy their computer paper for the year. That would cost the state a significant amount of money.
To check out the Department of Revenue's list of exempt and non-exempt items, click here.