Tax Free Shopping Near Florida New HomesThe start of a new school year signals an important holiday for parents – Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday! Happening THIS weekend, August 2nd through 4th, the tax free holiday is a great opportunity to purchase must-have back-to-school items (and maybe a few goodies for yourself, too). From new clothes to computers and school supplies, residents of Florida new homes can enjoy getting their children back-to-school ready while saving some cash.

Attire and most accessories, with a sales price of $75 per item or less, are exempt from sales taxes this weekend including clothing, footwear, wallets or bags (including backpacks), hair clips, hats, formalwear and more. Accessory items not exempt from sales taxes include watches, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, diving suits, briefcases, luggage, and helmets, as a few examples.

School supplies exempt from sales taxes must be $15 or less. Items include everything needed to get your student school-ready such as pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, calculators and more. Books are not exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday unless they are always exempt, such as religious texts.

Computers and related items are tax free if priced $750 or less and the exemption does not apply to electronics for use in trade or business. Items that are exempt from sales taxes this weekend include electronic book readers, laptops, tablets, keyboards, mouse devices, monitors, PDAs, blank discs, and printers, to name a few. Computer items that are still taxable include items like video game consoles, cellular phones and digital media receivers.

This lists just a few of the taxable and tax exempt items available this weekend during the Sales Tax Holiday. For a complete list of clothing, school supplies and computer items that are exempt, visit the Florida Department of Revenue website.

Starting out the school year with the right tools will help your children to be successful in the classroom. Our Central Florida new home communities are located in some of the top school districts in the area so parents can ensure their kids are getting the best both at home and at school. With more than 30 floor plans designed for your life and affordable pricing from the low-$100,000s, we offer plenty of opportunities for buyers to purchase the perfect home for their entire family. For more information on our new homes in Orlando, Tampa, Manatee County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and beyond, visit the Highland Homes website today!