No Tax-Free Week in FL

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  1. Matt633

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    I don't know how many of you look forward to this week....but I cannot believe that FL is not offering this little bit of relief to us!
    I always try to buy my school clothes during this week, along with extra supplies :lol: (my husband always prepares for this week)
     
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    Tax-Free in GA is next weekend.
     
  4. WaterfallLady

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    Where did you get that info? I read that they did pass the tax free week for Florida, it was just shorter and didn't include hurricane supplies.
     
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    I'm going to Florida July 30 - Aug 9. I was hoping I could hit tax free week so that I could get some new clothes for school. Tax here is now the highest in the country at 10.25 percent. So even the 6 cent tax in Broward county will be a relief.
     
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    Michigan never has this:mad:
     
  7. Matt633

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    That is why I like living close to the Maryland/Delaware border because Delaware has no tax :up:
     
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    Wow, that's a high tax rate! I thought NYC is high with 8.375% but I guess that's not bad at all compared to you.
     
  11. Matt633

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    Thanks Waterfall that is good news.
     
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    Gotta love Chicago and their tax rate:( And they would never give us free tax week.
     
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    Yeah it was 9.0% when I moved here about 5 years ago and has been creeping up ever since. Some is city tax and some is county tax. It just went up from 10 - 10.25 in July. "Collar counties" have been trying to succeed from Cook County - to get away from taxes. I think the City of Chicago itself also has the highest gas in the country due to tax- but I don't much pay attention to that- I take the train/bus.
     
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    The whole reason for the lovely residency law is so that we stay in the city and spend our money here. (Well part of the reason at least).
     
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    I, too, thought that the tax-free week bill failed to pass. I'll look into it, too.
     
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    I wish we had a tax free weekend in Minnesota so our kids can buy their school supplies! Although I shouldn't complain-since we don't pay taxes on clothing or groceries!
     
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    Governor Sonny's $100 cards were delivered to the schools this week. We can't use them until July 31st, though. But Schoolbox will let you buy anything from them using your own personal credit card, then they will hold on putting it through so that when you get Sonny's Money, you can bring the card in and give them the number off of that. Then they'll exchange your original credit card number with Sonny's number. Meanwhile, you get to use the supplies you need before July 31st, (which is our Open House).

    I asked my friend what would happen if someone didn't bring Sonny's Money in to the store, and she said, "Duh. They'll just run your personal credit card through to pay for the purchases."

    This makes no sense to anyone who is from another state. Shoot, maybe it doesn't even make sense anyway. But I get it. It's getting credit on credit. :)
     
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    A friend of mine just called today and told me about the School Box thing. We get our cards next Friday, but I'm going to the School Box next Tuesday when I get back from vacation. Those lines are ridiculous otherwise.
     
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    They initially said that they wouldn't have a tax free week, but due to public outcry they comprimised on a shorter duration and covered fewer items. It's not so bad considering the state budget is hurting (lets not go into the fact that they could be more responsible with what they have, suffice it to say they've generated less revenue this year than last.).
     
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    Where I live in Chicago it is 11.25% I believe. It depends on where the boundaries are. At least that is what the Starbucks lady said and a man in line agreed with her.
     
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    General sales tax is 10.25 - Downtown they get away with charging an extra restruant tax. Probably depends on which zip you are in. Up north, it is 10.25. I have found that sometimes my coffee is a penny or so more downtown. Plus now all the dunkin donuts seem to have different prices. I'm so not a Starbucks fan -
     
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/04/chicago-sales-tax-hits-re_n_89751.html google provided me these links.

    From good ole wikipedia.

    A vast array of additional local taxes are also imposed. Local taxes include Home Rule Municipal Retailer's Occupation Tax, Home Rule County Retailer's Occupation Tax, Chicago Home Rule Use Tax (Chicago is the only city in Illinois authorized to impose a use tax), and various water, motor fuel, transportation and park district taxes. The combined tax rate in Illinois therefore varies from the State minimum of 6.25% to a current high of 10.25% in Cook County.[27].
    Grocery, drugs, and medical appliances have sales tax of 1% plus local home rule tax depending on the location where purchased. Newspapers and magazines are exempt from sales tax. Illinois' system is exceptionally complicated, and is detailed on their website.[28]
    The city of Chicago has the highest total sales tax of all major U.S. cities.[29] It is also one of the most complex. 10.25% is levied on all non-perishable goods purchased, while 2% is levied on grocery items, drugs, and medical appliances.[30] There is an additional 1% tax, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) "Food and Beverage Tax", on food and beverage purchases in the downtown area (These "downtown" boundaries are: Surf Street on the north, Ashland Avenue on the west, Stevenson Expressway (I-55) on the south, & Lake Michigan on the east. Furthermore, O'Hare and Midway airports also fall under the 1% MPEA tax district).[31] Car rentals in the city are taxed at 20%. Hotel rooms are taxed at 15.4%. Soft drinks (packs, cases, or individual bottles) are taxed at 13.25%.
    In October 2007, a 10 cent per-bottle tax was proposed for bottled water as a potential source of additional revenue to help balance government budget deficits. The proposal was recently reduced to only a 5 cent per-bottle tax. Also, new alcohol tax increases in Chicago are being debated, such as a 7 cent tax increase on six-pack of beer, a 6 cent increase on a bottle of wine depending on alcohol content, and 22 cents on a liter of spirits. [32]
     
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    so glad I live in Montana now...used to live in Florida, Glad montana has no sales tax!
     
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    I have heard mixed facts about the Tax Free Holiday in FL. The last thing I saw was on the news, that channel 13 news on Bright House, that the tax free weekend is canceled. I hope it's not true because I wanted to buy a bunch of books tax free.
     
  25. mmswm

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    But remember that Florida has no income tax. With few exceptions, the tax load seems to balance out from place to place. What changes is what gets taxed and at what rates.
     
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    Yes. Palm Beach county has a gas tax. Boo!
     
  27. mmswm

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    But dade has several "penny taxes" piled on for various reasons on non-food items.
     
  28. Irissa

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    Most recent news stories say the legislators never approved the bill this year so no sales tax holiday.
     

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