LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) — Gov. Rick Scott visited a Staples stores in Lauderhill on Friday morning to promote the tax-free back-to-school holiday, which ends at midnight on Sunday.

He shopped for school supplies then headed down the street to the Children’s Services Council of Broward County to donate the items.

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“I encourage parents and families throughout Florida to save money this weekend by shopping for the tax-free school supplies their children need in order to succeed in the classroom,” Governor Scott said. “Getting ready for a new school year can be expensive, and getting a tax break will help families stretch their hard-earned dollars.”

Back-to-school spending is forecast to be about 20 percent more than last year, with families expected to spend about $688 on average.

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There are no overall spending limits. However, tax exemptions are only allowed on approved clothing and shoes under $75 each…with a $15 limit on individual supplies.

Economists estimate the tax break will save Florida families approximately $31.8 million.

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