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Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Helping Boost Sales in Some Tallahassee Stores

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Posted at 9:45 PM, Aug 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-10 06:41:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- There's still one week left in Florida's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday and some chain retailers and local stores are feeling the rush as families get ready to put their kids in uniforms, backpacks, and equip them with all the necessary school supplies. 

The sales tax holiday started Friday, August 7th and runs through August 16th. During this time shoppers do not have to pay local or state sales tax on clothing purchases less than $100.

School supplies less than $15 are also exempt from sales tax during the week. And when it comes to electronics there isn't any sales tax on the first $750 of a computer purchase and that includes computer accessories.

One store manager explained what the tax-free holiday is all about. "It's a great time for folks to save on a giant list of things. For us, it's really all about back to school. So families can come in and get a lot of footwear of course, apparel, our backpacks and our lunch boxes. And really outfitting the kids to get them back to school," said Jim Bullock, the manager of Academy Sports on Mahan Drive in Tallahassee.

Locally owned businesses also felt the rush and several stores offered additional discounts to beef up the sales.