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Shopping frenzy during Florida's tax-free weekend

5:29 PM, Aug 3, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is almost like Christmas in August.

Florida's tax free weekend is upon us and a lot of folks are out shopping and taking advantage.

But it's about more than nice new things. Some shoppers said it's an economic boost for the First Coast.

Katie Smith of Kingsland, Ga., and her son came to Jacksonville from Georgia specifically for Florida's tax-free weekend.

"A pair of shorts and shirt to get things started," she said as she described what they bought Saturday morning.

Her 14 year-old son, Ian, will be a freshman at Camden County High School in two weeks.

New school clothes and items are on the list. Most of their items tax-free.

"People are going to be more willing to go out and spend some more money and put back into the economy that they may not have done before," Katie Smith said.

According to the Florida Retail Federation, Florida's legislature granted a back to school tax-free holiday in 2012. The Federation said that was in part because of a Washington Economic Group study showing a $7 million dollar tax revenue increase for the state in 2010.

"It's exciting to get a new wardrobe for school and it's fun to save money," Shayna Davis of Jacksonville said.

Davis said she has spent about $700 so far for her family. That is more than last year.

So, what is tax exempt? Things like book bags and coats that cost $75 or less. Also, things like personal laptop computers that are $750 or less.

Davis' 15-year-old son Daniel Anderson said there are 2 benefits to it all. Real savings for his family and:

"Having new 'swag' at school?" asked First Coast News.

"Yeah obviously!" Anderson replied with a laugh.

Georgia's tax free days are August 9-10.

Click here to find complete lists of items that are taxable and tax-exempt.

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