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Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday underway

July 25th, 2023 · Leave a Comment

For two weeks, Floridians are able to shop for back-to-school essentials tax-free. The annual back-to-school sales tax holiday runs through Sunday, Aug. 6.

Items included in the tax holiday are clothing, footwear, and certain accessories costing $100 or less.

Most school supplies including lunch boxes, and backpacks, costing $50 or less, are tax-exempt.

Learning aid items, $30 or less, and computers and computer-related accessories, $1,500 or less, are also tax-exempt.

“Getting ready for the new school year can be an expensive time for Floridians, and that is why I’m encouraging Florida families to take full advantage of the back-to-school sales tax holiday. This tax break will help families ensure their children have all the supplies they need to reach their full academic potential this school year,” said Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis.

The Revenue Department says there is no limit on the number of items that can be purchased and exempt during the sales tax holiday and qualifying items that are placed on layaway during the sales tax holiday are tax exempt – even if the final payment of the layaway is made after the tax holiday is over.

And, if you’re buying online rather than in a store, you still save on sales tax. The Revenue Department says items purchased online are exempt when the order is accepted by the company during the sales tax holiday – even if the delivery is made after the holiday ends.

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