Miami-Dade County

Tax-free weekend begins Friday

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.

Costs

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Clothing

must cost less than $75 per item.



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School supplies

must cost less than $15 per item.



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Computers and accessories

must cost less than $750 per item.



Rules

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Items sold as a unit

— such as a pair of shoes — cannot be split up to qualify for the tax exemption.



• Each item purchased must fall beneath the price limit. Buy-one, get-one and other discounted items cannot be averaged to qualify.

Qualified

• Clothes



• Wallet



• Handbags, backpacks, diaper bags



• Shoes



• Lunchboxes



• Binders, notebooks, pens



• Computers, tablets, keyboards, routers, printers, modems



• E-readers



• Non-recreational software



Yes

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Gift certificates

used for payment



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Store coupons

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Layaway

, provided the contract and deposit are made during the tax holiday



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Mail order

and online purchases



Excluded

• Books



• Gift certificates



• Briefcases



• Suitcases/garment bags



• Sports gear



• Watches



• Jewelry



• Umbrellas



• Rental items



• Staplers, printing paper



• Cellphones



• Video games and recreational software



• Digital cameras, televisions



No

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Purchase of gift certificate

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After-purchase rebates

to qualify items



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Repairs

or alterations



Returns and exchanges

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Exchanges for the same item

in a different size or color after the tax holiday will not be taxed.



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Exchanges for different items

after the tax holiday are taxable.



More information

• http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/pdf/tip13a01-04.pdf

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Additional discounts:

Check newspapers for information about store sales.



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Check o nline sites

like www.retailmenot.com/deals/backtoschool/



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