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July 29, 2019

Florida’s Back to School Sales Tax Holiday: Know Before You Go!

By Laura Byrne

Get ready to save this weekend during Florida’s Back to School Sales Tax Holiday this Friday through Tuesday! Some exclusions apply, so make sure you know before you go!

Florida’s popular Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday returns on Friday, August 2 at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019! This is a great way to save considering the statistics–the National Retail Federation estimates the average American family will spend $696+ 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 and certain clothing, footwear and accessories that are $60 or less per item.

READ: Complete list of exempt items from the Florida Department of Revenue

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 3 from 10am-3pm during our 12th Annual Back to School Fair! Meet more than 70 local businesses and non-profits that cater to local families with expertise that range from health care, education, after school activities and MORE! The indoor event is FREE to attend and the first 500 kids through the door will receive a FREE backpack sponsored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!


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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.

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!


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