Although your kids might still be in denial, Back-To-School is fast upon us.
Even better news – the Florida Back-To-School Tax-Free Weekend is August 3 – 5, 2012.
- Your purchases on eligible items are tax-free from 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 3 – 11:59 a.m. Sunday, August 5. Stores are open early and stay open late.
- Eligible clothing is tax-free up to $75.00 per item. Check the list.
- Eligible supplies are tax-free up to $15.00 per item. Check the list.
- You can shop online. You have to pay for the order during the tax-free weekend.
- Shipping and handling charges can be absorbed into item totals as long as they don’t push the total of an item over the limit when averaged out over the number of items in your order.
So How Do I Know What’s Eligible?
The rules on this are relatively uncomplicated as well.
As always, you’ll want to comparison shop.
Back-To-School coupons and specials are already in play at local retailers like Walgreens®, CVS®, Dollar General®, Family Dollar®, Target®, Wal-mart® and your local grocery store.
“Clothing” means any article of apparel, including 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.
Don’t do your Back-To-School clothes shopping in an amusement park, a hotel gift shop or airport. What you buy doesn’t count as clothing.
“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, and calculators.
Books, however, are not considered school supplies for the duration of the Back-To-School Tax-Free Weekend.
Schools Publish Lists of School Supplies
Each county in Greater Jacksonville publishes lists of required and recommended school publishes lists for each grade.
You can find these lists published on your county school system’s website and at retailers like Walgreens taped to the sales bins.
County School System Websites
- Alachua County Public Schools
- Baker County Public Schools
- Bradford County Public Schools
- Clay County Public Schools
- Duval County Public Schools
- Flagler County Public Schools
- Nassau County Public Schools
- Putnam County Public Schools
- St. Johns County Public Schools
- Union County Public Schools
So Maybe You Need to Do a Mitzvah?
So, okay, Greater Jacksonville Examiner, let’s say I don’t have any kids in school. Does this mean that I can’t participate in the Back-To-School Tax-Free Weekend?
Actually, the childless have several options for bargain hunting and flipping the Tax Man off at the same time.
Perhaps you have much younger (step)brothers and ()sisters or ()cousins? Take them shopping.
How about nieces and nephews?
Take them shopping.
And Then Do Another Mitzvah
Donate some new clothing and schools supplies to your local schools. Whatever you can afford is enough.
You can drop donations off in the prinicpal’s office.
Don’t Be a Fool. Shop for Yourself, Too
“Tax-Free” applies to you as long as you buy eligible items. Check the lists again.
Just maybe you need some new underwear.
See? It’s a win-win.
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