Once again it’s time to stock up on school supplies and the state of Florida is providing a little help.
From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, certain basic school supplies, clothing and electronic equipment can be purchased without paying sales tax.
The Florida Legislature has again decided to give Florida residents a three-day weekend “tax-free holiday.” During this time, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of:
• Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item,
• Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and
• Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories on the first $750 of the sales price.
The change for this year is that the sales tax exemption for clothing items has increased to $100 or less per item from $75 or less per item in 2013. And the sales tax exemption for personal computers and certain computer-related accessories is the first $750 of the sales price rather than $750 or less per item in 2013.
Among the allowed school supplies are the following: binders, calculators, cellophane (transparent) tape, blank CDs, construction paper, lunch boxes, notebook filler paper, poster paper and scissors.
School supply items that are not exempt from sales taxes include: books that are not otherwise exempt; computer paper; correction tape – fluid – pens; masking tape; printer paper; staplers and staples.
For lists of specific items and their taxable status during the tax-free period visit http://dor.myflorida com/dor/