Published: Aug 11, 2011 10:34 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 11, 2011 11:00 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla--Starting Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14th, you won't have to pay state sales tax on some back to school items thanks to the sales tax holiday.

But before you hit the stores, make sure you check out the Florida Department of Revenue's list of which items are exempt from sales tax. You can find that list by clicking here.

Obviously backpacks, crayons, and notebook paper are on the list. However staplers, masking tape, and computer paper are not exempt from sales tax.

There are also some surprising things exempt from sales tax.
Gardening gloves, diapers (both for babies and adults), leg warmers and ski suits are exempt from sales tax during the holiday.

We spoke to a representative from the Florida Department of Revenue. She says the exempt items are spelled out by lawmakers when they approve the bill authorizing the sales tax holiday.

For instance, the law states "clothing" is definted as "any article of wearing apparel intended to be worn on or abuot the human body."

To read the Department of Revenue's list of frequently asked questions about the holiday, click here.