Florida Sales Tax Holiday will Run from August 12-14, 2011

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, the state of Florida will be holding a sales tax holiday from August 12-14, 2011.

During this time period, select purchases will not be charged a sales tax. Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $75 or less will be tax-exempt, as will certain school supplies selling for $15 or less.

“Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates) intended to be worn on or about the human body. However, “clothing” does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment.

“School supplies” means pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses, and calculators.

Among the items not included in the tax-free status are books, including text books, and clothing bought at theme parks. No writing off that Mickey sweatshirt this year.

A complete list of rules and  items allowed can be found online at the state’s official website.

This weekend would be a good time to hit up the clearance sales at local outlet malls. Makes a good deal even better when you don’t have to pay that 6% or so sales tax.

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