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Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday returns

Photo: Sonya Lane
Photo: Sonya Lane

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday returned this weekend with residents getting the levies waived for purchases of school supplies, clothing and computers.

The sales tax holiday on school-related items runs through Aug. 9. Florida’s sales tax is 6%, but that can be higher based on added county taxes.

Florida shoppers are expected to save $69.4 million during this year's sales tax holiday, up from $41.8 million last year, $41.7 million in 2019 and $32.7 million in 2018.

According to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, families with kids in elementary through high school plan to spend $848 on school items this year.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.