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Florida tax-free weekend 2014: Tax-free holiday has higher dollar limits

Save big during the Florida tax-free holiday weekend Aug. 1 through 3.
Save big during the Florida tax-free holiday weekend Aug. 1 through 3.
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The Florida tax-free weekend for 2014 is this Friday through Sunday, and now is the time to make shopping a priority and save big. For those shopping for school supplies and clothes, this will be the weekend to do it. Florida's 6% , 7%, and 7.5% sales tax rate won't be applied to specific merchandise purchases.

Miami Herald reports July 31 that this year's rules are even more generous than others past. The maximum dollar amount has been raised to $100 per item instead of $75. The first $750 of a computer price is tax-exempt for 2014. In previous years, electronics under $750 were the only ones that qualified.

Sales tax rates around Florida are: Broward, 6%; Miami-Dade, 7%; Monroe, 7.5%. Consumers will be able to save as much as $56.25 on the first $750 of a purchase. has a more detailed breakdown of what's eligible during the Florida tax-free weekend. Clothing and shoes include diapers, backpacks, coats, costumes, sports uniforms, and cleated or spiked shoes. They're up to $75 per item. School supplies include calculators and lunch boxes that are up to $15 per item.

Other eligible items that shoppers can buy without paying a sales tax include baseball cleats, fishing vests, gardening gloves, jewelry (necklaces, earrings), safety goggles, swimsuits, wallets, purses, handbags, binders, rulers, and poster board. These are just to name a few.

Some items not eligible are fishing boots (waders), baseball gloves, surgical gloves, accessories (ties, barettes, etc.), prescription goggles, swim masks and goggles, briefcases, luggage, staplers, and computer paper.

If you need more information on the Florida tax-free holiday weekend, be sure to visit the state's Department of Revenue website.

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