FORT LAUDERDALE – As the summer break nears its conclusion for South Florida students, thousands of families throughout the region are preparing for the new K-12 school year beginning Aug. 19 in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
For many in South Florida this time of the year also signals the beginning of the back-to-school shopping season.
The state of Florida has again provided a weekend in which sales taxes will not be collected on certain back-to-school items.
This year the sales tax holiday is set for this Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4.
According to the Florida Department of Revenue Tax Information Publication, no sales tax will be collected on clothing, footwear and certain accessories that sell for $75 or less per item.
Also untaxed will be certain school supplies that sell for $15 or less per item.
In addition, in 2013, for the first time, personal computers and computer-related accessories for non-commercial home or personal use, that sell for $750 or less, will not be taxed during the sales holiday.