This year, the back-to-school sales tax holiday is only 3 days long.  See this link for details.

During the tax holiday weekend no sales tax will be collected on clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item, and on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

Florida’s back to school sales tax holiday has been scaled back this year. Last year the tax holiday covered anything that cost $100 or less. This year’s tax holiday will not cover the purchases of computers.

Popular tax-free weekend items usually include school supplies and clothing, but here are five things that you may not have considered buying during the tax free weekend, but definitely should.

  • Baby items – Included on the tax free list are diapers, clothing, and blankets.
  • Halloween costumes – The hardest part about buying a Halloween costume in July is getting your child to commit to a character, but if you can get them to commit, buy your costume now and save money.
  • Office Supplies – While you may be focused on gathering your child’s school supplies, don’t forget to stock up on your office needs. Pens, paper (but not computer or printer paper), markers, poster board, highlighter and many other essentials used in your office are included in the tax free weekend.
  • Clothing – Not just back to school clothing, but pretty much all clothing under $60 is included in the tax free weekend. If you are looking for that item for your fall wardrobe or your work wardrobe, including uniforms or gloves, this is the time to purchase it. You can even purchase a tuxedo tax free, although it may be hard to find one under $60.
  • Boots – Boots are included in the tax free weekend event, including winter boots, hiking boots and rain boots. Ski boots are not included. Any shoe that is under $60 qualifies to be tax free this weekend.

Here is the list of items not included this weekend.

Helmets, jewelry, printer ink, sewing equipment, cosmetics, fabric, goggles, handbags, hard hats, cleats, ballet or tap shoes, roller skates, school instructional material, reference books and maps. smart phones, sport or recreational equipment, sunglasses, telephones, thread, thumb drives, tool belts, umbrellas, video game consoles, wallets, watches, welder’s gloves, westsuits, yarn, and zippers.



  1. Yeah, just got to have those diapers, baby clothes, and Halloween costumes for back to school! Who comes up with this craziness? And yet computer and printer paper isn’t on the list of the tax free items???? They are getting stranger and stranger up there in Tallahassee. It really surprises me that ammo isn’t on the tax free list for back to school needs.

  2. Whoopie……I saved thirty-five cents of Fla sales tax today when I bought another pair of flip-flops. Plus we bought an HD amplified tv antenna and actually got this one hooked up and got it to work on our tv, but it was not tax free. I believe we have bought and returned probably about four different antennas, some expensive, but this one worked! Yeah! Goodbye to Brighthouse cable, because my health insurance increased $ 43 dollars and some odd cents per month…..and it goes up like this every year!

  3. Wow…….swim suits are tax free during the tax free Florida school days sale. Are you all dressing your little young-uns in bathing suits heading to school????? LOL! Those Tallahassee people are a trip!


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