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Florida offers tax-free event for recreation items & tickets

Florida shoppers rev up your wallets for a tax-free shopping spree.  For a tax freedom event in July, eligible outdoor recreation items and entry to eligible venues & events are exempt from  usual Florida state sales tax. You'll save at least 6 percent on qualifying purchases.

Florida Tax Freedom event in 2024 is offered in July on eligible items.

The tax holiday includes entry fees to an array of performances, recreation events and attractions. That includes  tickets for  sporting events, state parks, plays, fitness, fairs, festivals and other eligible entertainment.

For some items, such as tents, the price needs to be within a designated amount.  For tents, taxes are waived for items with prices of $200 or lower.  The regular state sales tax on $200 is usually $12. Some regions in Florida also waive local sales taxes during the event.

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Examples of items & prices excluded from Florida state sales tax during the event include:

$15 or less for sunscreen & insect repellent

$30 or less for water bottles

$25 or less for goggles

$500 or less for kayaks

$300 or less for paddleboards & surf boards

$200 or less for tents

$500 or less for bicycles

$50 or less for sleeping bags

eligible fairs, festivals, and other events

lots of others

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Patti Roth

About Patti Roth

Patti Roth, the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, scouts out state and national deals, discounts and coupons for our readers, finding the real deals and presenting them in an easy-to-read format. A veteran newspaper and magazine writer and a longtime South Florida resident, she has written for The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Travel and Life, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and Send your cheap tips to her at

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