Sales tax holiday is this Friday through Sunday (LIST)

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM.

"No sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $75 or less, or on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less," the Okaloosa County School District website stated.

Ascertain what's tax-free

Because some accessories related to tax-free items are taxable, the school district encouraged shoppers to check with store clerks to determine what is taxable and what isn't.

For example, while swimming suits are tax-free, tax will be collected on swim fins and masks. Though laptops, "non-recreational software" and blank CDs are tax-free, game systems, printer paper and compuer bags are taxable.

Staples, like many stores, will offer sales on school supplies, and will create displays to help shoppers head straight tax-free bargains.

"You can get things well below cost," Jovanovic said. "It's going to be a huge weekend for us."

Some local stores, including Wal-Mart and Big Lots, plan to have area schools' student supply lists available to help parents shop during the tax holiday. Some schools post the supplies lists on their websites.

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