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Florida offers tax-free weekend for back-to-school items

August 6, 2020 GMT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It’s a tax-free weekend for Floridians searching for back-to-school bargains.

But this year, in a pandemic, the priority may be on technology, as many Florida students will be returning to class via the internet. There may be less of a rush to buy school uniforms, with many students at many school districts beginning the year with remote learning.

The tax-free period runs from Friday through Sunday, thanks to the Florida Legislature. It exempts state and local sales taxes on all school supplies that costs $15 and under, as well as for clothing costing $60 or less. It also exempts taxes on the first $1,000 on computers and accessories.

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In past years, retailers have also scheduled sales as an incentive to bring shoppers in during the tax-free days. Sales taxes are between 6% and 8% across the state.