Florida's 2013 sales tax-free holiday gives shoppers a break

8:10 PM, Aug 3, 2013   |    comments
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Brandon, FL -- The tax free holiday weekend makes buying school supplies a little easier on the wallet.

The tax free holiday will be enjoyed by millions of Floridians this weekend.

See Also: List of tax-exempt items (PDF)

Beginning Friday, Aug. 2 through Aug. 4, you can buy select items without paying a sales tax and it's a benefit that people are cashing in on.

"I always look out for the tax free weekend so I can take advantage of it," said shopper Jossie Plas.

Stores offer a tax break on clothing items $75 or less. That includes school uniforms, athletic wear, and select accessories.

School supplies are also part of the annual tax free holiday. Retailers across the state have stocked their shelves in anticipation a large crowd.

Walmart manager Brian Lemelin has worked the annual weekend since it started in Florida.

"This is a big event for our citizens in the state of Florida. A great opportunity to save on taxes," said Lemelin.

Computers, laptops and electronic tablets $75 or less are also tax free. A new benefit to the tax break this year.

"It could save me a hundred bucks or more so I took advantage of it," said shopper Terry Ringley.

State economists estimate shoppers will save more than $28 million during this year's holiday tax weekend.

The tax free holiday isn't just for students. People of all ages can get in on the savings.

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