Let the savings begin.
Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday starts today and runs through Sunday. The state will forsake an estimated $30 million in tax collections on clothing, shoes and school supplies to lure consumers to spend. Many stores will sweeten the 6- to 7-percent tax savings with special sales.
Visit dor.myflorida.com/dor/ for more details and a long list of included items.
What you need to know
Who benefits: Anyone can buy clothing and shoes without having to pay sales tax.
How much may be spent: There is no overall limit. Clothing and shoes must be $75 or less per item. School supplies are limited to $15 or less per item.
What about Internet purchases? The same price limits apply — the cost of shipping and handling counts toward an item's purchase price.
Quirks: Notebook paper is exempt — not printer paper. Tape and glue are tax free — not staples or staplers. Buy a backpack, but not luggage. You also won't get a break on books. Also, it's a good time to stock up on diapers.
Athletes: Exercise clothing, sports uniforms and shoes are exempt. But not football pads, water ski vests or skates.
Party people: Formal attire is exempt, don't throw in cuff links — not exempt.
For bargain hunters
Store and manufacturer coupons can not be used to reduce the price enough to qualify for an exemption. For example, if there's an $80 jacket and you have a 10 percent off coupon that brings it to $72, you'll still have to pay sales tax. But, if a store is having a 10 percent off sale that brings the item to $72 even though it's normally priced at $80, that would be tax exempt.