Floridians Hit Stores Early For Tax-Free Weekend!

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Associated Press Release

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Florida families hit the stores early on the first day of the state's weekend-long, back-to-school tax holiday.

A Best Buy in Pensacola opened two hours early Friday to accommodate those eager to take advantage of the savings, and the parking lot quickly filled with cars. This is the first time computers and related equipment worth up to $750 are listed a tax exempt items.

Florida's sales tax is 6 cents on the dollar.

The tax-free period started at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will last for three days. This year's tax holiday also includes clothing and backpacks worth $75 or less and school supplies worth $15 or less.

The tax break does not apply to cellphones or smartphones, but keyboards, monitors and wireless routers are included.

By Elizabeth Nickerson
August 1, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The tax free frenzy weekend begins this Friday at midnight... and stores are pulling out all the stops.

"I'm so excited, I'm so excited," said a Tallahassee resident.

The weekend was recently reinstated, and aims to help parents save money on kids' clothing and back to school supplies.

"We will have extra people on hand to ring, manage the lines we will route people through are Geek Squad to help with all the transactions," said Rob Steele, a manager for Best Buy.

Some people are at stores a day early, mapping out their routes.

"We are getting our list ready," said Steven Hunsinger, who is Ready For Tax-Free Day. "We always shop this week just before school trying to get all of our supplies together for clothing and even this year we are even looking for a computer."

New to the list, certain electronics like computers, e-readers, laptops, tablets and select accessories. According to Best Buy, electronics must be $750 and under to get the tax break.

"This is the perfect opportunity for me to get an Ipad because I wanted one for class," said Tori Bradley, an FSU Student.

As for school supplies-- the tax break only applies to items that are $15 or less. The break also applies to clothing and shoes-- but on if they're sold for under $75.

"I find that If I wait I spend more and forget what I bought and I continue to buy," said Catherine Shanahan, who is prepared for tax-free day.

The tax-free holiday ends August fourth. Some local retailers are even opening two hours earlier for the big crowds.

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- For the first time ever Floridians are going to be able to buy computers, tablets and even software tax-free.

The state's traditional back-to-school sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and will last for three days.

This year state legislators expanded the holiday beyond clothes and school supplies. It now includes computers and computer-related equipment worth up to $750.

Retailers are rushing to take advantage of it. Some electronic stores plan to offer longer hours during the time period.

And the sales tax holiday isn't limited to brick-and-mortar stores. Apple, for example, is touting the fact that Floridians can go online to purchase some its products tax-free.

The tax-free holiday does not apply to cellphones or smartphones, but it does apply to keyboards, monitors and routers.

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