JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Florida's popular back-to-school sales tax holiday is returning again this year.

From from 12:01 a.m. Friday until midnight Sunday, shoppers will not have to pay sales taxes on clothing items worth $75 or less or on school supplies that cost $15 or less.

The tax break applies to most clothing items including shoes but does not apply to watches, umbrellas or jewelry. School supplies such as tape, crayons, pencils and notebook paper are tax-free but this year's break does not apply to books.

"It helps out a lot because we're a family of five, and I have two teenage boys, and we all know that clothes don't get any cheaper the older that they get," Latonya Bielarski said. "And then along with the coupons you get through the newspapers, it helps out a lot. So I saved like $8 or $9 today, so I'm happy about that."

The sales tax break, however, does not apply to anything purchased at a theme park, hotel or at an airport.

Retailers have been preparing for an influx of shoppers this weekend. The back-to-school period is the second-busiest season for shoppers, trailing only Christmas, according to Bankrate.

In previous years state lawmakers authorized a 10-day sales tax holiday but they have kept it shorter the last three years.

Short list of tax-exempt items

  • Clothing $75 or less*
  • Accessories $75 or less
  • Shoes $75 or less
  • School supplies $15 or less**

* Any article of wearable apparel, including all footwear (except skis, swim fins, and in-line and other skates).
** Pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper, legal pads, binders, lunchboxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses and calculators.

Taxable items:

  • Watches
  • Jewelry
  • Books
  • Certain office supplies, including:
    - Jump drives and flash drives
    - Printer paper
    - Staples
    - Toner and ink cartridges

Source: Florida Department of Revenue

State’s complete list at:  dor.myflorida.com/dor/