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Florida Sales Tax Holiday

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The Florida sales tax holiday has ended. From 12:01 a.m. on July 23 to midnight on July 31, House Bill 101 provided for a sales tax holiday on:

  1.  Clothing and related items with a sales price of $50 or less
  2.  Books with a sales price of $50 or less
  3.  School supplies with a sales price of $10 or less

Naturally, the shelves at my local Wal-Mart were bare since people prefer not paying sales tax. It amazes me that advocates of a national sales tax like the FairTax people think that people will not mind paying a federal sales tax of 23% on top of their state sales tax as long as they no longer pay federal income tax.

Laurence M. Vance is an Associated Scholar of the Mises Institute, founder of the Francis Wayland Institute, and a columnist for LewRockwell.com and the Future of Freedom Foundation. He is the author of The War on Drugs is a War on FreedomWar, Christianity, and the State: Essays on the Follies of Christian Militarism, and War, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy.

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