Tax-free weekend starts Friday in Florida

Florida's tax-free holiday will begin Friday

newsintern@bradenton.comJuly 29, 2013 

SARASOTA -- Florida's tax-free holiday is approaching and parents are making their savings lists.

Florida sales taxes will not be collected on clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $75 or less. Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less also will be tax-exempt, as well as computers and certain related accessories selling for $750 or less for one weekend only.

The sales tax-free days begin Friday and run through Aug, 4 and for the savvy shopper the savings can add up.

Store managers and team members of Super Target anticipate a busy weekend with eager buyers.

"We want our guests to take advantage of the tax-free weekend," said Kristin Powell, executive team leader at University Parkway's Super Target.

Target expects to be busy at the beginning of every school year, especially when merchandise is tax free. The store will offer deals on uniforms, backpacks, school supplies and lunch boxes during the weekend of tax-free holiday.

Some of the store's newest items include backpacks with headphones starting at $29.99, flip-flop pencil cases at $3.99, and slap-ruler bracelets at $2.99 -- all items that qualify for the tax exemption.

"In a way, back to school is a holiday season, but just a different kind of holiday season," Powell said.

The store will be fully staffed for the sales tax holiday. Targets near colleges will even require additional staff because they expect to attract a large volume of college students.

Stores and businesses have received a list of items which are considered taxable and tax-exempt from the Florida Department of Revenue. Items qualify for tax-exemption based on the sales price of each item, not the

total sales at the register.

Theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, and airports are excluded from participating in this holiday. Powell said her store will offer discounted prices on tax-free items.

One way Target plans to attract more buyers is with their Electronic Trade-In deal.

Customers can bring in their used electronics and get store credit which can be used toward tax-exempt items.

Target has been aggres-sively promoting its deals in anticipation of tax-free days.

"We expect our gueststo want to shop on thetax-free holiday," Powellsaid. "So we have reallybeen utilizing socialmedia and decoratingthe store with signs and posters to promote the weekend."

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