Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

Many parents wait until it is back to school sales tax holiday to make most of their back to school purchases for their children.   This year the sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, August 2nd and run through Tuesday, August 6, 2019.    During this time many clothing, school supply items, and other school necessities can be purchased without having to pay sales tax.    Even if the type of item qualifies for the zero sales tax, it must be below a certain dollar amount.

During this sales tax holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item,
  • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and
  • Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

This sales tax holiday does not apply to:

  • Any item of clothing selling for more than $60;
  • Any school supply item selling for more than $15;
  • Books that are not otherwise exempt;
  • Computers and computer-related accessories purchased for commercial purposes;
  • Rentals or leases of any eligible items;
  • Repairs or alterations of any eligible items; or
  • Sales of any eligible items in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

Additional information for Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is available of Florida’s Department of Revenue website.