School sales tax holiday starts Friday


Whether you are buying school supplies or dorm essentials, they can get fairly expensive, and who doesn’t like a good deal?

School is around the corner and Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is here — it kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday. Shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sales tax or Palm Beach County’s 1 percent sales surtax on certain school-related and other specified items.

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Most of the items on classroom supply lists, such as school uniforms, pencils, markers, crayons, paper and backpacks, will be tax-free. The tax break includes clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less; and certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

Some items that will not be tax-free are computer paper, correction tape (fluids or pens), masking tape, printer paper, staples and erasers.

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Unlike last year, computers are off the list during the tax break three-day weekend. Ink cartridges are also off the list.

Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast students return to school Aug. 13.

But the tax holiday also applies to a number of items for adults including purses, employee uniforms, suits, ties and safety shoes. Diapers, diaper bags and baby clothes are also tax-free during the holiday.

Sales tax should not be charged on eligible items that are ordered online, even if those items are delivered after the sales tax holiday ends.

Some qualified businesses may choose not to participate in the back-to-school sales tax holiday, particularly those whose 5 percent of their gross sales of tangible personal property during the 2017 calendar year, were sales of items that would be exempt during the sales tax holiday period.

To find out more about tax holiday and get the complete list of eligible items, visit floridarevenue.com/backtoschool/Pages/default/aspx



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