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Florida offers tax-free shopping for school supplies & apparel

Florida is offering students — and all other shoppers — an opportunity to purchase apparel and school supplies without paying state sales tax. Florida state sales tax is 6 percent, which is $6 per $100 purchase.  If you’re purchasing a $900 laptop, for example, you’ll save $54 in state sales taxes.  The savings on a $20 shirt is $1.20. 

Some of the local taxes assessed in different regions of The Sunshine State are also withheld during the “tax holiday.”

Florida’s tax-free shopping event is July 31-August 9, and tax-free purchases are valid for eligible items. Some qualifying items are fully tax-free. Others, are tax-free for a portion of the purchase price.

The  event is titled “Florida Back To School Sales Tax Holiday.” However, it’s not only for students. Tax-free shopping is open to everyone. 

Tax-free items

Eligible school supplies for $15 or less per item include

  • pens
  • poster board
  • scissors
  • staplers
  • notebooks
  • mechanical pencils
  • lots of others

Eligible apparel, footwear & accessories for $60 or less per item include

  • wallets
  • shirts
  • ponytail holders
  • purses
  • shoes
  • ski suits
  • pants
  • sleepwear
  • ties
  • vests
  • backpacks
  • fanny packs
  • jeans
  • baby clothes & diapers
  • lots of others

Eligible  computers & computer-related items

For eligible items “purchased for noncommercial home or personal use,” $1,000 of the full price is tax-free

Eligible items include

  • Tablet
  • desktop
  • laptop
  • electronic book readers
  • hard drives
  • flash drives
  • others

Read about other eligible items and rules for the shopping event on The Florida Department of Revenue website  or 850-488-6800

 

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