Summer is coming to an end, which means school will be back is session soon. Luckily, you can take advantage of Florida's annual back-to-school sales tax holiday and get ahead of the game. The holiday begins Monday, July 25, and ends Sunday, Aug. 7. Here's a list of items and supplies you can purchase that qualify for the sales tax exemption, plus a list of items that don't qualify:
Items That Qualify for the Back-to-School Tax Exemption:
- Clothing, footwear and certain accessories (like wallets, handbags and hair accessories) with a sales price of $100 or less per item.
- Certain school supplies with a sales price of $50 or less per item.
- Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles with a sales price of $30 or less.
- Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories (like headphones, monitors and software) with a sales price of $1,500 or less, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
- Learning aids like flashcards or other learning cards, matching or other memory games, puzzle books and search-and-find books, interactive or electronic books and toys intended to teach reading or math skills, and stacking or nesting blocks or sets. This is a new category added this year.
Items That Do Not Qualify for the Back-to-School Tax Exemption:
- Any item of clothing with a sales price of more than $100.
- Any school supply item with a sales price of more than $50.
- Books that are not otherwise exempt.
- Computers and computer-related accessories with a sales price of more than $1,500.
- Computers and computer-related accessories purchased for commercial purposes.
- Rentals of any eligible items.
- Repairs or alterations to any eligible items.
- Sales of any eligible item within a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.
For more information on the back-to-school sales tax holiday and to view a full list of specific qualifying items, visit the Florida Department of Revenue website.