Shoppers take part in back-to-school tax holiday at Broward, Miami-Dade malls

PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) - With the start of school weeks away, the next five days of tax free deals makes it the perfect time to gear up with school supplies.

This weekend, shoppers can get many items on their children’s back to  school lists tax-free at all retailers until Tuesday.

Parents are taking advantage of the back-to-school deals at the store over at the Westfield Mall in Plantation, where uniform polo shirts and bottoms such as khaki and navy pants are buy one get one free.

Juniors and kids’ clothing items are also on clearance at the JCPenney inside of the mall, on top of being tax-free.

Tina Perez, a sales representative at JCPenney, compared the back to school tax-free holiday to Black Friday.

“We’re drumming up our start now. Our peak is in the afternoon, so in a little while we’re gonna be filled — it’s like Black Friday,” Perez said, “so, usually tax free Friday, Saturday and Sunday is Black Friday in August. Tax-free is always huge. Any item $60 or less, there won’t be tax.”

Debbie Knight is shopping with her grandchildren, and she’s ecstatic about the good deals JCPenney has to offer.

“The shirts are buy one get one free. They also have, you spend $25 you get $10 off, so you cannot beat this,” Knight said. “Very good deals. Very good deals.”

Susy Cohen, one of the parents shopping for school clothes for their kids at JCPenney, said the tax holiday is a great way to teach kids the value of getting ready to go back to school.

“We have to do what we can, and it’s important to get out there and show them the value of what we’re doing. It’s always a lesson,” Cohen said.

She is also very excited for the new school year to begin, even if her son isn’t.

“I’m very excited. I’m ready,” Cohen said.

Over at the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, shoppers could be seen taking advantage of the tax-free holiday.

“It’s a big help. It really helps, so we’re trying to see if we have the right size for him and the colors for the school,” Guillermo Garcia, a parent, said.

“I’m looking for uniform pants, sweaters, jackets for school,” a parent said.

“Super expensive right now, so every little bit counts,” Odalys Rodriguez, a parent, said.

“To go broke spending money on my kids — a parent gotta do what they gotta do,” a second parent said.

For a complete list of items that are eligible for a back-to-school discount, click here.

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