Back-to-school tax break isn’t just for kids

Florida’s popular back-to-school tax-free weekend isn’t just for parents and college students.

The tax break applies to a number of items for adults too, including purses, employee uniforms, suits, ties and safety shoes.

Associated Press file photo

Associated Press file photo

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Diapers, diaper bags and baby clothes are also tax-free during the holiday.

“This is a weekend for everyone, not just people going to school,”said James Miller, a spokesman for the Florida Retail Federation. “I think people will be surprised at the range of items that are available.”

A scaled-back version of the tax-free shopping period starts one minute after midnight Friday and runs through Sunday. During the three-day weekend, shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sale tax on certain school-related items.

The state has limited the annual tax break this year to include clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less. Last year’s limit was $100.

Also excluded this year: Computers and computer-related items. Last year, shoppers who purchased a computer during the holiday received a tax break on the first $750 of the sales price.

School supplies up to $15 are exempt.