Sales Tax Holiday begins for Florida shoppers

No tax applied on clothing, school supply purchases


APOPKA, Fla. – Floridians looking to save a couple bucks on back-to-school shopping are in luck this weekend because there will be no tax on clothing or school supplies, with restrictions.

The tax-free weekend starts Friday and lasts through Sunday.

There's no tax on clothing, such as shirts, shoes, belts, bras and socks -- as long as the items are priced at $75 or less.  School supplies that cost $15 or less will also not be taxed.

Nathifa Drayton said she has her shopping list ready.

"I have to get some pencils, crayons, markers, binders, notebook paper and notebooks," said Drayton, who has four children.  "It makes a big difference knowing even if I save $10, it will make a big difference in my pocket."

Marlene Rodriguez, of Apopka, purchased school supplies for her kids before the tax-free holiday to avoid shopper traffic.

"It is a good idea, but I think everybody goes crazy," she said.

Items purchased inside theme parks, hotels and airports are not tax-free.