Classes don’t start for two weeks, but parents already face a tough assignment: Shopping for back-to-school gear without busting the budget. This weekend’s Florida sales-tax holiday offers relief.
Friday through Sunday, shoppers are spared sales tax on clothing priced up to $75 per item and school supplies up to $15 per item. For the first time, computers and related accessories costing less than $750 per item also qualify.
As in years past, many stores will also offer additional discounts — buy-one, get-one deals are popular — along with coupons and sales that can effectively drop prices by half. Such deals will help stretch the estimated average $635 expenditure per child, down from last year’s $689, according to the National Retail Federation.
Knowing which items qualify is key. The Florida Department of Revenue has created a QR code for quick access to the list of exempt and taxable items.
RulesItems sold as a unit
YesGift certificates Store coupons Layaway
NoPurchase of gift certificate After-purchase rebates Repairs
Returns and exchangesExchanges for the same item Exchanges for different items
More informationAdditional discounts: Check o nline sites