While back-to-school season is synonymous with spending money on clothing and supplies, the state of Florida is hoping that their new statewide initiative will soften the blow. Dubbed the 2015 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, customers will not pay sales tax on clothing and school supplies purchased between Friday, August 7th, 2015, and Sunday, August 16th, 2015.
Exceptions and specific details
Though this tax holiday is longer in duration than any of Florida’s previous endeavors, there are some limitations that shoppers should be aware of. Clothing surpassing $100 in total and school supplies over $15 will not be subject to the tax breaks, along with rentals, leases, repairs, or alterations on any of these items. Additionally, all clothing, school supplies, computers, and computer-related accessories being sold in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, and airports will not offer tax-free sales on any items throughout this time period. For a complete list of exempt clothing items and other restrictions, view the Department of Revenue’s Tax Information Publication.
Miami-Dade county offers free immunizations as well
Along with the back-to-school tax break on clothing and school supplies, the Florida Department of Health has decided to provide free immunization shots for residents of Miami-Dade county. This will mostly effect children entering kindergarten and 7th grade, when shots are most likely due and all children must be compliant prior to entering classes. All children who fall between 2 months and 18 years of age will be afforded the chance for free immunizations.
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