Believe it or not, just like that, summer is nearly over and it’s close to back to school.
New teachers in Monroe County report Aug. 7, the rest on Aug. 9 and students start Aug. 16. That means the kids should start getting what they need for the classroom. And like in years past, the state has created what’s called a three-day tax-free holiday for school supplies. It runs from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 4 to through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 6. During that time, the sales tax is waived on a variety of goods.
Generally, clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item are not taxed. Neither are certain school supplies selling for $15 or less and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories selling for $750 or less.
The tax holiday does not apply to any item of clothing selling for more than $60, any school supply item selling for more than $15, books that are not otherwise exempt and personal computers and computer-related accessories purchased for commercial purposes. It also doesn’t apply to “any eligible items in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.”
The total price of items advertised as buy one, get one free or buy one, get one for a reduced price cannot be averaged for both items to qualify for the exemption.
Examples of tax-free items are backpacks, skirts, socks, composition books, legal pads, pens and pencils, and computer flash drives.
Larry Kahn: 305-440-3218