What do earbuds, glue sticks and pantyhose all have in common? They're all tax-free Aug. 2 - 4. Get a head start and a percentage off, when you do your back-to-school shopping this weekend. Shoppers in Florida can save sales tax on qualifying purchases from Friday (Aug. 2) through Sunday (Aug. 4). The "sales tax holiday" is designed to give parents a break on getting their kids ready for school by offering savings on items typically purchased at the beginning of a new school year. Even those not outfitting a child can save. The law is broad and inclusive and items such as clerical vestments, work uniforms, diaper bags, calculators and tuxedos are all tax exempt when purchased over the weekend.
The Florida Department of Revenue has specific guidelines on the items that have sales tax waived, but generally it includes items of clothing or footwear costing less than $75 and school supplies costing less than $15. New this year is a special category of personal computers and related accessories costing less than $750. For a complete list of allowable items and exclusions, visit the DOR website at http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/pdf/tip13a01-04.pdf.