Back-to-school tax-free holiday starts Friday

Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday kicks off Friday, Aug. 7, and runs through Aug. 16.

According to the Florida Retail Federation, the 10-day event is the longest back-to-school shopping holiday since its inception in 1998. Shoppers have two full weekends to shop-tax free.

The tax-free holiday applies to:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item
  • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item
  • Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories on the first $750 of the sales price, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

The holiday does not apply to:

  • Any item of clothing selling for more than $100
  • Any school supply item selling for more than $15
  • Books that are not otherwise exempt
  • Rentals or leases of any of these items
  • Repairs or alterations of any of these items
  • Sales of clothing, school supplies, or computers and computer-related accessories in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.



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