Northwest Florida parents may be disappointed Friday while attempting to purchase laptops or other electronics for their students during the back-to-school sales tax holiday.
The Florida Department of Revenue announced electronics are not exempt during the three-day sales tax holiday Friday through Sunday. The holiday allows shoppers to purchase most clothes and footwear costing $60 or less and school supplies costing $15 without paying a sales tax.
This is only the second time in six years where electronics weren't included in the exemption.
An estimate from state economists doesn’t indicate, however, that the exclusion of computers from the tax holiday will change most families' plans.
The holiday this year is projected to save shoppers $32.7 million, reducing state revenue by $26 million and local-government revenue by $6.7 million. In 2017, when laptops were on the discount list, the overall savings stood at $33.4 million.
The exemption covers a long list of clothing and person items such as jeans, jackets, leotards, sweaters, suspenders, baby clothes, purses, raincoats, robes and more. Odd items on the list are lingerie, hunting vests and snow ski suits.
Tax-free items on the school supply list include binders, calculators, crayons, erasers, notebooks, glue, highlighters and more.
Some clothing items that will continue to be taxed this weekend are athletic gloves and pads, safety glasses, wigs, umbrellas, watches and sunglasses.
School items such as computer paper, masking tape, correction tape, fluid or pens, printer paper and staplers and staples will also be taxed this weekend.
The 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.
Okaloosa County's sales-tax rate is 6 percent, while Santa Rosa and Walton counties are 7 percent.
View the full tax-free items list here.
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.