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By Jen Horton
posted Jul 15, 2013 - 10:57:37am
The back-to-school tax break for Florida will run from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
Shoppers can save money by not having to pay sales tax on school-related items. In Volusia and Orange counties, the tax rate is 6.5 percent; it's 6 percent in Seminole County.
Items eligible for the tax break include clothing, footwear and accessories that cost $75 per item or less, school supplies costing $15 each or less, and personal computers that cost $750 or less.
Tax will be charged on individual items that cost more than those limits.
Some items that could be considered school-related are not eligible for the tax break, including staplers, books and sporting equipment. Also excluded are watches, jewelry, umbrellas and sporting equipment are also excluded.
Bundles that include an exempt and a nonexempt item will be taxed. For example, a computer that comes with a game accessory bundled for a single price would be taxed, because the game is not eligible.
For more information, including a detailed fact sheet and a list of items that qualify for the exemption, visit the Florida Department of Revenue website at www.myflorida.com/dor.
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