Fla. lawmakers see potential in eyewear tax

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Buy a pair of prescription glasses or contacts in Florida, and there's no tax, but lawmakers are taking a closer look at that tax exemption and others.

Lobbyists for ophthalmologist and optometrists stood in front of the House Finance and Tax Council on Thursday, telling lawmakers they shouldn't tax the 30 percent or more of Floridians who wear glasses.

One estimate says the state could get more than $45 million a year by taxing contacts and glasses - a sum lobbyists disputed.

It was unclear whether the committee would be sympathetic to keeping the exemption, but six of the 15 members were wearing glasses at the meeting.

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