MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Gov. Rick Scott will be in South Florida Wednesday afternoon to promote the state’s new teacher-supply debit card, which is aimed at helping teachers buy supplies without having to pay out-of-pocket costs.

The debit card, however, was officially unveiled via the governor’s official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

Gov. Scott will appear at the Walmart Supercenter in West Kendall at 3:30 p.m. to highlight the teacher debit cards and promote Florida’s school supply tax free weekend.

The debit cards help teachers buy supplies for classrooms without having to pay for those supplies out of their own pockets.

The school districts that choose to use these new debit cards will also help teachers shop tax free throughout the year because the debit card contains a tax free state I.D. number for teachers.

The average amount for teachers to spend is $250 starting at the end of August or beginning of September.

In the meantime, Florida shoppers can enjoy some deals during this weekend’s “Back-to-School” sales tax holiday.

Beginning Friday, August 2nd at midnight through midnight Sunday August 4th, teachers and everyone else will be able to buy supplies, such as pens, paper, crayons, glue, backpacks and clothes including shoes, without paying the usual sales tax.

School supplies which are $15-dollars or less will be tax exempt as well as clothing and shoes up to $75-dollars.

But this year there’s an added bonus, shoppers will also be able to save the sales tax on personal computers, e-readers and tablets and select accessories that cost $750 or less, as long as they’re not used for commercial purposes.

The tax break, as has been in the case in previous years, doesn’t apply in theme parks or at airports or hotel gift shops.

Click here for a complete list of tax exempt items. 


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