Tax Free Back to School Shopping Approved for Late July in Florida

Back-to-school shopping would again be a little more affordable under a sales tax break bill the Legislature passed Wednesday and sent to Governor Jeb Bush.

The governor has always been supportive of the tax holiday when it has passed in previous years, and is considered likely to sign it.

The $38 million bill would give shoppers in Florida a break from the sales tax on books, clothing, wallets and backpacks costing $50 or less for the last nine days of July.

School supplies costing $10 or less per item would also be tax free during the period.

The measure had passed the Senate earlier.

The bill is also expected to cost local governments about $7 million in lost sales taxes.

The tax holiday wouldn't apply everywhere. Sales at theme parks, entertainment complexes, hotels and airports would still be taxed.