Monday, July 30, 2012

Florida's Back-to-School Tax-Free Weekend August 3-5, 2012


BREVARD COUNTY, Florida -- The State of Florida has a Back-to-School No Sales Tax Holiday that takes place this year from Friday, August 3, 2012 until Sunday, August 5, 2012.  Florida sales tax will not be charged on certain "Back-to-School" items such as certain clothing items under $75 and certain school supplies under $15, with limitations, of course.


From the Florida Department of Revenue Website: 


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.

“Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates), intended to be worn on or about the human body.  However, “clothing” does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment.

“School supplies” means 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, and calculators.


Take advantage of the savings this tax-free weekend and stock-up on your new school clothes and school supplies.  Be aware, the malls and stores will probably be packed as everyone is completing their back-to-school shopping!


(Editor's note: go to http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/ for a complete listing of items that are exempt and not exempt from state sales tax during this event.). 

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