Why You Should NOT Shop For School Supplies This Weekend in Southwest Florida
Like it or not, summer vacation will be wrapping up soon. Time for parents and guardians to start preparing for getting the kids back to school. To help save a little money put off going to the stores this weekend. Wait until Monday to shop for school supplies, the start of Florida’s sales tax holiday for back to school. There are actually two of these shopping tax holidays geared towards parents, teachers and students. The second one is in January to the start the new year.
About the sales tax holiday
The dates to get sales tax waved on certain back to school items are July 24th through August 6th. Before you whip out your credit card, there are a few things to take note of.
Clothing is included but only up to $100. Items that are tax free in the clothing category also include shoes and accessories. School supplies is a big one and can rack up some dollar signs. This includes all the basics you need for the classroom. Anything in this category with a price tag of $50 or under is tax free. In addition, there are certain items that are considered learning aids that are tax free. Think jigsaw puzzles, flash cards, memory games, books and the like.
Finally, personal computers and accessories are included. This is a big deal because sales tax ads up quickly on these bigger ticket items. But once again, there is a price cap. The limit on tax exemption for computers and related items is $1,500.
If you are purchasing any of the above items at an airport, theme park, or entertainment complex, the tax exemption will not apply. It also does not apply to any repairs or alterations on the above items. One more thing, Sam’s Club is offering discounted memberships to teachers. Click here for more. Happy shopping and enjoy what is left of the summer.