Gear up for Florida's tax-free weekend
Once, when I was a kid, my mom offered to let my sister and me stay home from school for no reason. "We're going to play hooky!" she said. "We'll go to the movies and get popcorn and eat ice cream!" My sister immediately returned to her room to pick out an outfit. I, on the other hand, elected to go to school anyway.
This is me. I don't break the rules. I once found a plastic jewel on the floor of a toy store -- presumably popped off a Treasure Troll -- put it in my pocket, then later cried about "shoplifting."
Shopping without paying tax is about the closest I get to feeling TOTALLY REBELLIOUS! Boo ya, Uncle Sam!
Anyway, tax-free weekend is upon us. Friday through Saturday, clothes, shoes and certain back-to-school items are available without the extra 6 percent. It only applies to most clothing items less than $75 (If that deters you, you're probably reading the wrong blog.)
Here are the official rules:
No sales tax shall be collected on the sale of clothing, wallets, or bags, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags, having a sales price of $75 or less per item, or on sales of certain school supplies having a sales price of $15 or less per item for the period beginning 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2012, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on August 5, 2012.“Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates), intended to be worn on or about the human body. However, “clothing” does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment. “School supplies” means 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,
You heard 'em. Go to town on the fanny packs, but steer clear of the swim fins. THOSE ARE THE RULES, OKAY?!?!
Deal Diva Kim