• Florida sales tax holiday to start next week


    CENTRAL FLORIDA - The back-to-school sales tax holiday is next weekend. The state is making it easier this year for families to save money.

    This year, in addition to school supplies and clothing, electronics are on the list of tax-free.

    Laptops, e-book readers and tablets are included in the items that will be available tax-free. With some of those items selling for hundreds of dollars, the cost savings can be substantial.

    "You have routers. You have, hard drives, flash memory. All those total things for your storage, even the computer, even headphones are included in the tax-free [list]," said Steven Downes of Best Buy.

    A single computer, or related accessory, cannot cost more than $750 to qualify for tax-free.

    "We have the list of stuff that qualifies, but you don't have to be a student. If you're mom or dad looking to get a new laptop, you're looking for a new tablet or even ink for your printer, everyone can take advantage of the deal," said Downes.

    About 50 electronics items are on the tax-free list. Cellphones, including smartphones, are not included.

    Tax-free school shopping runs from Aug. 2 through Aug. 4.

    Online sales will also be tax-free if the online business has a store in Florida.

    More Information:  List of tax-exempt items

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