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Florida's 2013 sales tax holiday is Aug. 2-4

3:39 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- For the fourth straight year, Floridians will get a sales tax holiday this summer but this one will include computers for the first time.

State lawmakers have approved a three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday during the first week of August. It will eliminate state and local taxes on computers, tablets and accessories like keyboards and monitors that cost $750 or less.

Shoppers will also get the tax break on many school supplies costing $15 or less, as well as clothes, backpacks and shoes costing $75 or less.

Rick McAllister of the Florida Retail Federation expects the addition of computers to the sales tax holiday will boost interest in this year's program.

"In the states where they have had the computers on there before, it has tremendous interest. It's a big-ticket item, up to $750 at 7 ½ percent is a lot of money. So it's a nice savings, good incentive for families to take advantage of it."

McAllister said Georgia has included computers in its sales tax holiday and it proved so successful that some Floridians crossed the state line to take advantage.

Florida's sales tax holiday will run from August 2-4.

Dave Heller

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