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Florida’s tax-free days for school supplies are coming soon. Here’s what you can buy.

2nd Florida tax free holiday of the summer is coming

Florida had two tax holidays set for summer 2019, meant to generate revenue for the state while saving residents money on some supplies. A back-to-school sales tax holiday occurs in early August.
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Florida had two tax holidays set for summer 2019, meant to generate revenue for the state while saving residents money on some supplies. A back-to-school sales tax holiday occurs in early August.

If you’re shopping for back-to-school supplies this year, mark your calendar for the first weekend of August.

That’s about when a tax “holiday” approved by state lawmakers will apply to clothes, backpacks and various school supplies, meaning such items will be exempt from sales taxes when purchased.

The tax-exempt period runs from Aug. 2 to midnight Aug. 6 and is part of a $121 million package that legislators approved in May. Here’s what’s included in the exemption:

Clothing, shoes, wallets, or bags, including handbags and backpacks (but not briefcases or suitcases) that are $60 or less

School supplies sold for $15 or less, including pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, paper, tape, scissors and calculators

Personal computers or personal computer-related accessories sold for $1,000 or less, including electronic book readers, laptops, desktops, handhelds, tablets, or tower computers (but excluding cellphones)

Lawmakers also approved a weeklong hurricane sales tax “holiday” from late May to early June. That sales tax exemption includes batteries, generators and other disaster preparedness supplies.

Save a few bucks during back-to-school shopping this year. And the state of Texas plans to help — at least a little.

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