No-taxing times: Florida tax-free, back-to-school shopping under way

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— Students who have had their eyes on a cool backpack or new pair of sneakers now have some bargaining power with parents.

The Florida tax-free, back-to-school shopping weekend began at 12:01 a.m. today and continues through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. That means shoppers can save on items such as backpacks, shoes, clothing and pencils.

Certain items less than $75 will be charged without state sales taxes at retailers, including clothing and footwear, along with school supplies priced less than $15. Tax-free items also exclude certain sporting goods.

Some tips before heading out to shop:

What is exempt? Clothing (any article of wearing apparel, including footwear, intended to be worn on or about the human body), wallets or bags, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs and diaper bags, that have a sales price of $75 or less per item. Also, school supplies that sell for $15 or less per item, such as 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.

What's not included? Briefcases, suitcases and other garment bags; skis, swim fins, roller blades and skates; watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs or sporting equipment.

More information: A complete list of exempt and taxable items from the Florida Department of Revenue is at dor.myflorida.com/dor/pdf/ tip2a01-02List.pdf

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