Florida's back-to-school tax holiday started Friday, and shoppers should prepare for a mad dash, especially today...the LAST DAY of tax free shopping!
Instead of a tax-free week that Florida has had in some past years, this year shoppers only had three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Generally speaking, school supplies and clothing are tax free, with some very specific rules in effect.
Clothing: Items $75 or less are tax free. By state law, that includes things like shirts, jackets, pants, footwear, shoes, fanny packs, lingerie and purses. But, items like football pads, in-line skates and watches are taxable.
School Supplies: Items $15 or less are tax free, generally. This includes pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notepaper, notebooks, scissors, glue and calculators among other items. HOWEVER, computer paper, masking tape and staplers are taxable.
Books: Books are not tax free during the holiday.
Internet: Items bought over the Internet are tax free if purchased during the holiday period and the retailer is set up to honor the tax-free holiday.
Shipping costs are included in an item's price, so a $75 top with a $5 shipping fee makes the entire purchase taxable
Disney: Don't forget...ANY item bought at a theme park or hotel is taxable!!