Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday 2011

By Barbara Ann Kelley,

With the Nation’s and Florida’s economy still tanking and many out of work or under paid, saving money while raising kids is a necessity.  The Sales Tax Holiday is back again in Tampa Bay this year to help you save money while getting your child the items they need for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Florida’s yearly back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 midnight, Friday, August 12th, and end at midnight Sunday, August 14th. During this period, no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $75 or less, or on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less. This means you will be able to get more on that huge list of what you need for your child to go back to school.

According to the Florida Department Of Revenue:

“Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates), intended to be worn on or about the human body. However, “clothing” does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment.

“School supplies” means pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses, and calculators.

For more information on what is taxable and what is tax-exempt, go to the Florida Department Of Revenue’s Tax Holiday website at:

In Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando County first day of school is Monday, August 22nd. Hillsbrough kids go back one day later on Tuesday, August 23rd.

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