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Tax-free shopping in Florida for school supplies, apparel & electronics

Florida is offering shoppers savings on eligible purchases of apparel, school supplies, and electronic devices including laptops, desktops and tablets.

Florida Back To School sales tax holidays are events in which state sales tax is withheld on qualifying products. The savings is for students and all others.

In 2024, an extra back to school  tax holiday is January 1 to January 14, with a variety of tax-exempt items. 

In Florida, state sales taxes are 6 percent or $6 for every $100 spent.  Usually, in regions where additional local sales taxes are assessed, those taxes are waived. If you spend $250 on eligible items, you'll save at least $15 in sales taxes.

Individual qualifying items must be within designated price limits.  School supplies of $50 or less. Apparel, footwear and accessories of $100 or less.  Eligible personal computers and computer accessories for $1,500 or less.  Eligible educational toys for $30 or less. There is no limit on eligible tax-exempt purchases as long as they are within the price limits.

If the price of an item is higher than the qualifying limit, the tax exemption does not apply.

Examples of eligible electronics for $1,500 or less include:

  • electronic book readers
  • laptops
  • desktops
  • keyboards
  • handheld devices
  • tablets
  • mice
  • monitors
  • routers
  • personal digital assistants
  • tower computers

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Examples of eligible items for $100 or less include:

  • apparel
  • wallets
  • diaper bags
  • fannypacks
  • handbags
  • footware

Examples of eligible supplies include

  • notebooks
  • erasers
  • notebook paper
  • legal pads
  • lunch boxes
  • rulers
  • staplers

Examples of eligible items $30 or less include

  • jigsaw puzzles
  • flashcards
  • interactive toys that teach reading and math

 Information is online.

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