Make the Most of the Sales Tax Holiday

  
     
July 28, 2014

Pensacola, Fla. – The upcoming sales tax holiday will be Friday, August 1 through August 3, 2014. During this period, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item, on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and on the first $750 of the sales price for computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Your BBB offers the following suggestions for a successful sales tax holiday weekend:

  • Plan ahead. Set a realistic budget and stick to it. Make a list of items you need to purchase to avoid buying on impulse.
  • Shop carefully. Tax holiday “sales” and promotions may not be what they appear to be. Compare prices and sales at similar stores.
  • Ask questions. Find out how refunds and exchanges are handled after the sales tax holiday has ended.
  • Shop with reliable retailers. Always check with your BBB for a Business Review on the business.
  • Collect store discount coupons. The store discount coupons reduce the sales price of an item. Manufacturer’s coupons are not paid by the retailer and do not reduce the selling price of an item during tax-exempt weekend.
  • Some business locations are not included. Theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, and airports are excluded from participating in the sales tax holiday.
  • Not all items are tax-exempt. Clothing does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, or sporting equipment. Personal computers do not include cellular telephones, video game consoles, digital media receivers, or devices that are not primarily designed to process data.

There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase during the tax-exempt holiday. If you buy tax-exempt items and the store charges you tax, take the receipt back to the store owner and ask for a refund of the tax.

For a complete list of tax exempt items or any questions visit the Department of Revenue website: www.myflorida.com/dor

For additional information and advice you can trust, start with bbb.org.

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