Florida to offer no sales tax on computers, other electronics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs law for another tax-free holiday

Author: Steven Cooper, Problem Solver, scooper@clickorlando.com
Published On: May 20 2013 02:57:55 PM EDT   Updated On: May 20 2013 02:58:26 PM EDT
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Hold off on buying that computer!  You might want to wait on that laptop.  Ditto for the tablet.

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed into law a bill reauthorizing the state's popular back-to-school sales tax holiday. This year's holiday will take place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4.

This holiday, however, comes wrapped in technology.  Those looking for a new computer worth $750 or less also will not have to pay taxes on their purchase during the three-day period.

The tax break, which traditionally applies to clothes and school supplies, has been expanded to include computers, tablets, laptops, and electronic readers.   Cellphones do not qualify for tax-free purchases.

As for the usual tax-free items, shoppers will not have to pay the state's 6 percent sales tax on clothes worth $75 or less or on school supplies worth $15 or less.