Nearly every year for the last as far as I can remember, the state of Florida has offered sales tax-free shopping, or Sales Tax Holiday, weekends with the intention that parents of kids going back to school need a break on the cost of all the supplies and clothes needed. Florida sales tax varies from 6-7.5% depending on the county in which you live, so saving those pennies and dollars on your back-to-school purchases can add up if you’re buying a lot for your brood of darlings.
With the Sales Tax Holiday comes a government-issued list of approved taxable and tax-exempt items you may or may not need for little Johnny and Princess Suzy to use for school. Quoting from the state-issued list, “a list of clothing and accessory items and their taxable ( T) or exempt (E) status during the tax-free period if they are sold for $75 or less. (This list is not all inclusive.)” It’s pretty much anything you’d need for your crotch rockets to attend school and succeed is on the “tax exempt” list, but there are some items I have to call into question.
And for my favorite:
When I was pointing all of these out to Patrick yesterday, he took issue with me taking issue with these seemingly randomly-selected exempt items. He asked what solution I had for this random assortment of state-selected tax-free items.
My solution? Next year, the state of Florida need to consult with me on what should and should not be included in the Sales Tax Holiday item list. Look for the 2012 list to include beer, diamonds, margaritas, and televisions. If fanny packs and $75 tuxedos can be tax-exempt, why can’t the matching beer cans and big-screen TVs?