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PRESS RELEASE

July 24, 2006

Russell Schweiss
(850) 488-5394
Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Governor Bush and Lt. Governor Jennings Join Floridians in Saving Money During the 2006 Sales Tax Holiday
Florida celebrates another year of savings on school supplies

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Jeb Bush and Lt. Governor Toni Jennings today joined back-to-school shoppers at Target to buy books, clothing and school supplies during this year's sales tax holiday. School items purchased by Governor Bush and Lt. Governor Jennings will be provided to their mentees.

"I encourage all Floridians to take advantage of this year's tax holiday on school supplies, as we prepare for the upcoming school year," said Governor Bush. "I also encourage Floridians to buy extra items and donate them to those less fortunate."

Under the legislation Governor Bush signed into law this year, state and local sales tax will not be collected on clothes, footwear, books and certain accessories selling for $50 or less, from Saturday, July 22 through midnight on Monday, July 30. Certain school supplies selling for $10 or less are also tax-exempt during this period.

"Florida's annual sales tax holiday is a great way for our state to give money back to our hardworking citizens," said Lt. Governor Jennings. "In addition to boosting sales at retail stores across Florida, the sales tax holiday allows Floridians to save money on important items for school."

The sales tax holiday will save shoppers an estimated $32.1 million in state sales tax and an additional $7.2 million in local sales taxes. Sales tax holidays were held in 1998 through 2001 and in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, Governor Bush advocated to include books in the sales tax holiday items to encourage families to buy and read books with their children as part of the "Just Read, Florida!" initiative.

Businesses and shoppers with questions regarding the sales tax holiday can contact the Department of Revenue toll-free taxpayer assistance line at 1-800-352-3671 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. Information also is available through the Department of Revenue web site at www.myflorida.com/dor or by visiting a Department of Revenue Service Center. Service center telephone numbers and locations are available through the web site or by checking the Blue Pages (Government Listings) in your local telephone directory.