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Back to School Tax-Free Holiday

florida tax free shoppingIt’s that time of year again! Shopping for back to school supplies and clothing can be stressful. However this year the 2012 Florida Legislature passed and the Governor approved a tax-free period that states:

“No sales tax shall be collected on the sale of clothing, wallets, or bags, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags, having a sales price of $75 or less per item, or on sales of certain school supplies having a sales price of $15 or less per item for the period beginning 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2012, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on August 5, 2012.”

 

Here is a quick guideline to help you understand what the tax free holiday covers:

Any article of clothing that is wearing apparel: Not to exceed $75.00 per item

  • all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates),
  • Items intended to be worn on or about the human body.
  • NOTE: does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment.

School supplies: Not to exceed $15.00 per item

  • pens,
  • pencils,
  • erasers,
  • crayons,
  • notebooks,
  • notebook filler paper,
  • legal pads, binders,
  • lunch boxes,
  • construction paper,
  • markers,
  • folders,
  • poster board,
  • composition books,
  • poster paper,
  • scissors,
  • cellophane tape,
  • glue,
  • paste,
  • rulers,
  • computer disks,
  • protractors,
  • compasses,
  • calculators.

Misc.: Not to exceed $75.00 per item

  • wallets,
  • handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags

Of course just like any holiday expect long lines but well worth the savings and time!

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