04 Aug Tax-Free Weekend in Miami
The Florida Legislature shortened the tax-free weekend to three days this year, down from 10 days in 2015. Lawmakers also put more limits on what kind of clothes and supplies customers can get without paying the 6 percent to 7 percent extra in sales tax. For 2016, only clothing items under $60 will be exempt from sales tax; computers and other technology are no longer part of the program. School supplies under $15 are still exempt from sales tax during the period. Nationally, the average family is expected to spend about $673.57 on school clothes and supplies this year, a 6.8 percent increase over 2015, according to the National Retail Federation.
Up to $60 each. Florida legislators were a little more generous than years past. Garments and accessories are tax free up to $60 each. In 2013, the exemption stopped at $75 per piece.
Up to $60 per pair. Shoes are eligible for the tax exemption. As with clothing, however, only footwear costing less than $60 per pair will ring up tax-free.
Up to $15 each
Sales tax will not be charged on items such as pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, and glue. The state set a price limit of $15 per item for this category, but left off items such as staplers and computer paper.
Personal computers and computer accessories are no longer subject to Florida Sales Tax Holiday.
All books, besides the Bible, are still taxable during the Florida Sales Tax Holiday 2016.
•When: Friday, Aug 5 to Sunday, Aug. 7
•Savings: 7 percent in Seminole and Lake counties, 6.5 percent in Orange County
•Some items exempt from sales taxes: Most clothes less than $60, shoes less than $60, backpacks, belts, bras, underwear, costumes, cleats, diapers, school uniforms, jackets, coats, slippers, swimsuits, school supplies less than $15 each.
•You will still pay sales tax on: Items bought at theme parks, computers and tablets, jewelry, watches, athletic equipment, rented clothing, roller skates, ski gear, fishing boots, sunglasses, wigs, video games and accessories, digital cameras, cell phones and computer bags.
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