MIAMI, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott attended the Office Depot Foundation Back-to-School Celebration to hand out backpacks and school supplies to students and parents for the 17th annual “National Backpack Program” event. Governor Scott also highlighted this year’s Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday starting Friday, August 4 and continuing through Sunday, August 6.

Governor Scott said, “I was proud to attend the Office Depot Foundation Back-to-School Celebration where they donated 6,000 backpacks to children in Miami. This year’s Fighting for Florida’s Future budget includes record per-student K-12 funding and a Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday which will save families more than $33 million on necessary school supplies so students can succeed in the classroom. We are working to ensure every child in Florida has the opportunity to get a great education and we look forward to their continued success in the upcoming school year.”

President of the Office Depot Foundation Mary Wong said, “It is our mission to make sure that every child has the right tools to achieve success in school. School is challenging enough on its own, and when you’re unable to come prepared with the basic essentials for learning, it’s nearly impossible. We want to give every kid a fair chance.”

The 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017. During this sales tax holiday, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories for $750 or less per item.

For more information and a list of qualifying items, please visit the Department of Revenue’s 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday webpage.

 

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