Florida’s popular Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday returns on Friday, August 4 at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017! This is a great way to save considering the statistics–the National Retail Federation estimates the average American family will spend $687.72 on each child in preparation for the new school year. This estimate includes the spend on clothing, school supplies and electronics, but still…gulp.
Before you head out the door to shop, there are a few sales tax holiday limitation to keep in mind. The sales tax holiday only applies certain school supplies priced at $15 or less per item, clothing, footwear and accessories that are $60 or less per item, and personal computers that are $750 or less per item.
Notice the keyworkd ‘certain’. Clothing items $60 or less that qualify include, shirts, pants, shorts, socks, baby clothes, even fanny packs and snow ski suits qualify, but items that do not qualify include jewelry, watches and snow ski boots. We’ve included a link above to review a complete list of items that qualify and items that do not to help guide you through the shopping weekend.
We encourage you to take advantage of the tax holiday at WestShore Plaza on Saturday, August 5 from 10am-3pm during our 10th Annual Back to School Fair! We’ll be giving away six $500 Back to School cash prizes and even more fun giveaways like a one night stay at TradeWinds Island Resort, a family 4-pack of tickets to LEGOLAND Florida, a family membership to The Florida Aquarium and much MORE!
You’ll find most of the traditional school supplies items on the tax exempt list–as long as they are $15 or less per item, but you’ll still pay taxes on items like masking tape, computer and printer paper, staples and correction pens.
Personal computers and certain computer accessories are also on the list of exempt items if they are priced at $750 or less, but only if purchased for non-commercial home or personal use. Some tax exempt items inlcude printers, hard drives, electronic book readers and computer keyboards. Items that do not qualify include computer bags, computer paper, digital cameras and MP3 players. Again, this is why it’s a good idea to check the list of what qualifies before you shop.
A big question we often hear is whether the tax holiday applies to purchases made online. The answer is yes, eligible items are exempt if purchased within the tax holiday timeframe. You can read more Frequently Asked Questions here, especially if you plan on using manufacturer’s coupons.
Happy shopping everyone!