Per Act 757 of 2011, the state conducts a sales tax holiday during the first weekend in August each year which entails no state or local tax on items such as clothing, apparel accessories and school supplies.
Florida's tax-free holiday begins Friday, August 4th for families searching for back-to-school supplies and clothes.
For more information and a list of qualifying items, please visit the Department of Revenue's 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday webpage. If a rain check issued during the sales tax holiday is redeemed after the sales tax holiday, the purchase is not tax exempt.
Though 16 states now offering discount options for back-to-school preparations, not everyone thinks they're a bargain.
Back-to-school spending is expected to reach $83.6 billion this year nationwide, up 10 percent last year.
Adult and baby diapers, fishing vests, football jerseys, and school and work uniforms are exempt.
Any item normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes, including but not limited to, textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps, and globes.
"Being able to participate on this tax holiday weekend helps our customer save a little money", said Willy Santiso, store manager at Walmart in Doral.
And while local sales taxes are collected in 38 states, according to the Tax Foundation, those 16 are giving shoppers a break.
Florida retailers have long backed the tax holidays. "We are excited about the weekend, and we know they are too".
Byrnes Mill, Crystal City, De Soto, Festus and Pevely will not participate in the holiday and will collect their sales tax. "One thing I would say is if that was the case, retailers wouldn't be making this one of their significant legislative priorities year in and year out".