Florida, the first state to create a specifically back-to-school tax holiday in 1998, exempting all clothing that cost less than $50, failed to approve a tax-free BTS holiday this year. Florida, like many other states, is hampered by budgetary pressures. Shoppers in about 15 other states and the District of Columbia, though, enjoyed a tax break on BTS supplies this year. Food retailers say these tax-free holidays give a psychological lift to spending, and they made sure shoppers were aware ...

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