Mark Your Calendar: Florida’s Tax-Free School Shopping Week Begins July 24

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By Mivette Vega

July 21, 2023

During this period, you will not have to pay sales tax on certain clothes, shoes, school supplies, learning aids, and computers.


Back to school shopping has finally arrived—but at least there’s a nice way we can save some money while getting everything on the list. 

Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Monday, July 24, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 6. Classes are set to begin on Aug. 10 in many schools across the state.

During that period, you will not have to pay sales tax on certain clothes, shoes, school supplies, learning aids, and computers.

Most stores will participate in the sales tax holiday, but some can opt out of the event if less than 5% of their gross sales are on products that would be affected.

The sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

Let’s take a closer look at the items that will be tax-exempt.

Clothing 

Clothes, footwear, and accessories will be tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday if the item has a sales price of $100 or less per item.

The exemption includes standard clothing, uniforms, formalwear, graduation caps and gowns, and athletic or fitness clothes.

Also included are certain bags like handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags.

School supplies 

All school supplies priced at $50 or less per item will be tax-exempt.

Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles 

All these kinds of materials priced at $30 or less will be exempt from sales tax.

This includes educational games, such as matching or memory games, stacking blocks, toys that teach reading or math skills, flashcards, and puzzles or puzzle books.

Computers and certain computer-related accessories  

Personal computers and some accessories priced at $1,500 or less are tax-exempt.

Some of the accessories included are cables, car adapters, tablets, computer batteries, computer parts, printers, ink cartridges, headphones, microphones, and web cameras.

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  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.

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