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Tax holiday good on more expensive electronics

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Published:   |   Updated: August 1, 2014 at 04:15 PM

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Emma Woodlock and Lane Johansen have been waiting a long time for this day.

Friday began Florida's three-day tax-free holiday on school supplies and electronics, and they were at the door close to when BestBuy opened.

Emma is an Apple fanatic. She picked a $900 Mac Book Air notebook and Lane picked a $600 Acer notebook. Both are incoming freshmen at Robinson's International Baccalaureate program.

“They knew what they wanted,” said Lane's father Seth. Asked if he planned any shopping elsewhere today, he said, “We're not going anywhere else today. We just spent all the money.”

This year, more people can get deals like Emma and Lane did.

Florida extended the tax-free perk on electronics, so instead of capping the cost of any electronic item at $750, now the first $750 of any eligible electronic item — regardless of the cost — is tax free.

That means a huge discount on high-end tablets, notebooks and desktops.

The list includes clothing items priced less than $100 apiece and school supplies less than $15 each. Electronics eligible for the tax break include tablets, desktop computers and other accessories. Most sporting goods items remain taxable, as do cellphones.

Luckily for all shoppers, there's no requirement to prove the items are for school or children.

For information, go to dor.myflorida.com/dor and click “taxes.”

rmullins@tampatrib.com

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