Tax-exempt Back To School Shopping

Back to school sales-tax holiday begins. Here’s everything that’s covered

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Florida’s sales tax holiday runs July 25 through Aug. 7

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Monday with clothes, school supplies, computers and more sales tax-free for two weeks. From Monday, July 25 to Sunday, Aug. 7, sales tax will not be charged on:
  • Clothes, footwear and some accessories costing $100 or less ( i.e. shirts, pants, dresses, coats, socks, backpacks)
  • School supplies costing $50 or less (i.e. pencils, pens, notebooks)
  • Personal computers and some computer accessories costing $1,500 or less (i.e. computers, printers, microphones, software)
Also new for this year, learning aids costing $30 or less will also be sales tax-free. That includes:
  • Electronic books
  • Flashcards
  • Matching games
  • Memory games
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Stacking or nesting books
  • Toys that teach reading or math skills
The sales tax exemption does not apply to products sold at a theme park, entertainment complex, hotel or resort or airport. Andrus McGregor said she’s looking forward to going school shopping for her daughter during Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday. “Who would not welcome a time when they can save?” she said. McGregor said especially now with rising rates of inflation and a time when many people are working harder to make ends meet. “When you can save money that’s a good deal,” she said. “I’m going to need it anyway because I’m looking forward to my daughter becoming a biologist and If I can save for college for her now, that’s a plus.” Evelyn Crayton said she’s waiting to do her school supply shopping during the sales tax holiday period, too. She’s shopping for her nieces and nephews. “Everybody needs some help, some relief right now,” Crayton said. “Everything is so high now. We’re just barely trying to survive. So anything is good, anything with a good discount is good.” The full list of tax-exempt items is in the document from the Florida Dept. of Revenue below:  

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