Take advantage of school supply savings

Special to The Sun

As families around the state prepare for another school year, Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Department of Revenue Executive Director Marshall Stranburg are reminding residents about an opportunity to save money on school supplies and clothing. 

Stewart said, “The first day of school is one of the most exciting times of the year and the 10-day Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday makes it easier than ever for parents and students to make sure they are prepared for a successful school year.”

The 2015 sales tax holiday begins Aug. 7 and ends  Aug. 16, during which time qualifying school supplies and clothing can be purchased without paying local and state sales tax.  

 “We urge parents to consider taking advantage of this year’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday — the list of qualifying items and other information of interest can be found on our website. If parents have questions about whether an item qualifies, we hope they will contact us with their questions," Stranburg said.”  

The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday applies to clothing, footwear and certain accessories for $100 or less per item and on certain school supplies of less than $15 per item, as well as the first $750 of the price of a home computer and certain computer–related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

To learn more about tax-exempt items, visit http://dor.myflorida.com/Pages/default.aspx or call 1-800-352-3671.