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West Orange Times & Observer Monday, Jul. 29, 2019 3 months ago

Florida gears up for back-to-school sales-tax holiday

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This year's tax-free holiday begins on Friday, Aug. 2, and runs through Tuesday, Aug. 6.
by: Danielle Hendrix Associate Editor

With children heading back to school in just two weeks, the state is once again offering its tax-free, back-to-school shopping holiday.

From Friday, Aug. 2, to Tuesday, Aug. 6, no Florida sales tax or local-option tax will be collected on certain items. This includes clothing, footwear and certain accessories priced $60 or less; certain school supplies priced $15 or less; and certain personal computers and related accessories costing $1,000 or less. Cell phones are excluded from this.

The tax-free holiday officially begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 2 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 6.

There are some restrictions, however. Watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas and handkerchiefs do not qualify as tax-exempt clothing, and the tax-free exemption doesn't apply to  clothing, wallets or bags purchased in a theme park, entertainment complex or airport.

The sales-tax holiday also does not apply to computers and computer-related accessories purchased for commercial purposes, rentals or leases of any eligible items, or repairs or alterations of any eligible items, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

For a complete list of the tax-exempt items or for more information on the tax-free holiday, click here. Otherwise, here are some of the items included in the tax-free holiday:

Clothing ($60 or less)
  • Baby clothes
  • Backpacks and book bags
  • Belts 
  • Dresses
  • Gym suits and uniforms
  • Hats and caps
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Leggings, tights and leg warmers 
  • Pants
  • Purses
  • Raincoats, rain hats and ponchos \
  • Shirts
  • Shoes (including athletic)
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Sweaters
  • Uniforms (work, school, and athletic, excluding pads) 
School Supplies ($15 or less)
  • Binders
  • Calculators
  • Colored pencils
  • Composition books 
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue (stick and liquid)
  • Highlighters
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers
  • Notebook filler paper
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils, including mechanical and refills
  • Pens, including felt, ballpoint, fountain, highlighters and refills
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Staplers and staples 
Computers and Related Accessories ($1,000 or less)
  • Cables (for computers)
  • Central processing units (CPU)
  • Compact disk drives
  • Computer for noncommercial home or personal use
  • Computer batteries
  • Data storage devices (excludes those devices designed for use in digital cameras or other taxable items)
  • Hard drives
  • Headphones (including “earbuds”)
  • Ink cartridges (for computer printers)
  • Keyboards (for computers)
  • Mice (mouse devices)
  • Monitors (except devices that include a television tuner)
  • Printer cartridges
  • Printers (including “all-in-one” models)
  • Software (nonrecreational)
  • Tablets

Danielle Hendrix is the Associate Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Florida, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in world comparative studies. ...

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