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Byline: CAPITAL BUREAU
TALLAHASSEE -- As sales tax holidays gain in popularity, a Florida economist warns that consumers should think twice about whether they are getting bargain-basement prices during those no-tax periods.
For the fourth year in a row, the Florida Legislature approved a no-tax period, allowing consumers to buy clothes and school supplies under $50 for a nine-day period that began July 28 without paying the state's 6 percent sales tax. Similar tax holidays occur in more than a half-dozen states, all following New York, which had the first no-tax period in 1997.
Congress is even debating a national tax holiday, where the federal …