FLORIDA — Get ready to shop and save: The 2019 back-to-school sales tax holiday is on!
- Sales tax holiday this year: August 2 to August 6, 2019
- School supplies, clothing, computers are exempt from tax
- RELATED: Check out our Back to School 2019 special section
- FULL LIST: Here a full list of items exempt from sales tax
The holiday runs from Friday, August 2 to Tuesday, August 6 and allows Floridians to buy school supplies ($15 or less per item), clothing ($60 or less per item), and other items without sales tax.
Florida’s sales tax rate is at 6 percent as of 2019. Any local sales taxes will also be exempt.
This sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. August 2 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, August 6.
The tax break does not apply to items bought at theme parks, entertainment complexes, or airports.
Here's a breakdown of the most important information. For a full list of eligible sales tax-free items, visit www.floridarevenue.com/backtoschool.
CLOTHING: Up to $60 each. Florida legislators were a little more generous than years past. Garments and accessories are tax free up to $60 each. In 2013, the exemption stopped at $75 per piece.
SHOES: Up to $60 per pair. Shoes are eligible for the tax exemption. As with clothing, however, only footwear costing less than $60 per pair will ring up tax-free.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES (up to $15 each): Sales tax will not be charged on items such as pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, and glue. The state set a price limit of $15 per item for this category, but left off items such as staplers and computer paper.
COMPUTERS AND ACCESSORIES ($1,000 or less per item): Computers and certain computer accessories are exempt from sales tax as long as they're purchased for personal use. That includes desktop, laptop and tablet computers, computer batteries, storage devices, printers and printer ink and software.
BUYING BOOKS: All books that are otherwise not exempt are still taxable during the Florida sales tax holiday.
MOST STORES: Lawmakers love tourists, but they did not want to give visitors a tax break. So, sales tax will still apply to purchases made in theme parks, entertainment complexes, hotels, and airports.
INTERNET ORDERS (to your door): Sales tax should not be charged on eligible items that are ordered online, even if those items are delivered after the sales tax holiday ends.