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Shoppers taking advantage of Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

Posted at 6:41 PM, Aug 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-01 23:04:18-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida’s back to school sales tax holiday is well underway. Many families are taking advantage of sales. There were many people arriving early, even before the stores opened at the Palm Beach Outlets plaza to make sure they bought what they needed before it sold out.

“I am taking advantage of sales tax free weekend because I already pay taxes every time I get paid. The government deducts that out of my check so why not take advantage of it you know when I’m basically paying my taxes already,” said Aria Miller.

Chris Burnett, shopping for his grandchildren, says tax-free shopping couldn't have come at a better time.

“Yes I wanna save 50% if they give it to me,” said Burnett. “We need that. Especially with what’s going on with Covid. Ain’t nobody got no money now. We need these things. We need something like this. We need the government to do something like this to help the community out. because people need that.”

The National Retail Federation says consumers plan to spend record amounts for both school and college supplies with most students returning to in-person classrooms this fall. Families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend $848.90, $59 more than last year, on average on back-to-school items.

“They usually add 10 or 12 bucks on it, you know what I mean, so you’re saving that each time you go. Based on how much you buy, I say it’s worth the trip,” said Noel Nue.

Items you can buy tax-free include:

• Purchases of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item,

• Purchases of certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and

•The first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers and certain computer-related accessories, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

This sales tax holiday does not apply to:

• Any item of clothing selling for more than $60;

• Any school supply item selling for more than $15;

• Books that are not otherwise exempt;

• Computers and computer-related accessories purchased for commercial purposes;

• Rentals or leases of any eligible items;

• Repairs or alterations of any eligible items; or

• Sales of any eligible items in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

“I’m from Illinois our tax rate is 10%. here it’s already low to begin with and then now with it free, it’s amazing,” said Sandra Gabrys.

“It's a good thing that we would be able to buy some stuff for kids and grandkids so that they would be able to go back to school,” said Chris Burnett.

The tax free holiday ends on Monday August 9th.