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Tax Free Shopping in Florida | Help Some Teachers Out!

tax freeThought we’d throw out a public service announcement-type of post for our frugal and savvy Florida clientele. And a happy announcement at that: there’s tax-free shopping this weekend due to some legislation* set in Florida to help alleviate cost-of-living expenses.

Tax Free Weekend in Florida starts 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 3, 2012, and ends at midnight Sunday, August 5, 2012.

During this period, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $75 or less per item, or on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

Tax Free Week Shopping Items

Clothes and accessories that qualify for sales tax exemption:

  • Baby clothes
  • Backpacks
  • Barrettes and bobby pins
  • Bathing suits
  • Belts
  • Book bags
  • Boots
  • Bras
  • Caps and hats
  • Coats and wraps
  • Diaper bags
  • Diapers
  • Dresses
  • Handbags
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Pajamas
  • Pants
  • Ponytail holders
  • Purses
  • Raincoats
  • Scout uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shoes and sneakers
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Sweaters
  • Suits
  • Ties
  • Tights
  • Underclothes
  • Vintage clothing
  • Wallets

The full list of items that qualify to be sales-tax free can be found HERE.

This is a great time to help out our kids and grandkids who may have back-to-school expenses to worry about. This is also a GREAT opportunity to help out your local community by donating school supplies to teachers and schools that need it. Remember, many of our Florida teachers shell out for school supplies out of their own pockets. If you can afford to help them, this weekend is the time to do it!

School items that qualify to be bought sales tax-free:

  • Blank CDs
  • Binders
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Colored pencils
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Highlighters
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers
  • Notebook filler paper
  • Notebooks
  • Paste
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Poster board
  • Poster paper
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors

Ink and toner cartridges, staplers and staples, and correction fluid are among the items that do not qualify to be tax-free.

*(Chapter 2012-32, Section 22, Laws of Florida)


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