MIAMI (CBS4) – Time is running out to take advantage of the back to school tax-free holiday.

Sunday is the last day shoppers won’t pay sales tax on clothing items costing $75 or less and school supplies costing $15 or less. The tax holiday is timed to coincide with children returning to school.

Click here for a Guide To The Back To School Tax Holiday

On Saturday, dozens of parents with lists in hand hit the aisles of a Walmart in Hialeah.

“It’s a very long list. We need folders, glue, crayons… lots and lots of stuff,” Felicia Barters said.

Statistics show families with children in grades K through 12 will spend an average of about $600.

Keisha Client said last year she cut that in half shopping for her two daughters.

“With uniforms and supplies I spent about $300 for both of them,” she said.

She, like other parents, are hoping to stay within budget by taking advantage of the sales tax holiday.

Some come from other states to take advantage of the annual discount.

“We’re from out of town, looking for good deals, for things that we don’t see back at home,” said Baltimore resident Charles Henderson. “That way the kids can go back with a different style.”

In past years, the Florida Legislature has held 7- to 10-day sales tax holidays, but tight state budgets eliminated the tax break altogether in 2008 and 2009. A weekend tax holiday was revived in 2010.


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