Back to School Tax Break Set for August 7 – 16

Legislation was passed to create a 10-day sales tax holiday that will begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 7 and end at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, August 16. During this period, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item, on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item and on the first $750 of the sales price for computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

According to the law, “school supplies” means anything necessary to school projects and/or daily use. “Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel, including footwear but does not include any jewelry or accessories. “Personal computer” includes electronic book readers, laptop, desktop, handheld, tablet, or tower computer, but does not include recreational devices such as cell phones, video games or TVs. “Personal computer-related accessories” includes anything that is necessary to the computer (I.e. mouse, keyboard, monitors, routers, etc.). Items sold at airports, theme parks, entertainment complexes or public lodging are excluded.

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