Tax Free School Shopping Starts Friday!


With schools about to go back in session, it’s time for the annual back-to-school shopping season! This year, however, the game has changed a bit.

The tax-free shopping period has been extended to 10 days for this school year, which is the longest period for the sale since it first started back in 1998 and allows shoppers two full weekends to buy their kids what they need.

We are excited about the extended sales tax holiday that families and shoppers of all ages will be able to take advantage of,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “Florida’s more than 270,000 retailers have been preparing for this popular holiday and are ready with great sales and opportunities for shoppers to save on clothing, supplies and technology items.”

According to the National Retail Federations’ Retail Insight Center Monthly Consumer Survey, sales are expected to rise this year. The survey, which more than 6,400 adults partake in nationwide, shows that 29 percent of households with school-age kids plan to spend more than last year for back-to-school.

A year ago, 24 percent of individuals said the same thing. As for college students and their families, almost 30 percent plan to spend more this summer, up from 23 percent last year.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.