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Sales tax exemptions range from event and park entry fees to outdoor recreational equipment and supplies; see list below for details

From the Florida Department of Revenue

The new Freedom Week sales tax holiday is here, beginning Thursday, July 1, 2021, and ending on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. During this sales tax holiday period, admissions to music events, sporting events, cultural events, specified performances, movies, museums, state parks, and fitness facilities are exempt from sales tax. Also exempt from sales tax
during this holiday period are qualifying boating and water activity supplies, camping supplies, fishing supplies, general outdoor supplies, and sports equipment.

Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Department of Revenue created an informative webpage to provide information and promotional materials for consumers, businesses, and other interested parties. But here’s a list of qualifying items to get you started on your shopping list:

Qualifying Items

Admissions to the following events or performances scheduled to be held from July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

 Live music events
 Live sporting events
 Movies to be shown in a movie theater
 Ballet
 Plays
 Musical theatre performance
 Fair
 Festival
 Cultural event
 Private and membership clubs providing physical fitness facilities

Admissions purchased for any of the following

 Museum, including annual passes
 State park, including annual passes
 Season tickets for ballets, plays, music events, and musical theatre performances.

Boating and water activity supplies

On the first $25 of the sales price:
 Goggles  Snorkels
 Swimming masks

On the first $50 of the sales price:
 Safety flares

On the first $75 of the sales price:
 Coolers  Oars
 Life jackets  Paddles

On the first $150 of the sales price:
 Inflatable recreational water tubes and floats capable of being towed
 Kneeboards
 Wakeboards
 Water skis

On the first $300 of the sales price:
 Paddleboards  Surfboards

On the first $500 of the sales price:
 Canoes  Kayaks

Camping supplies

On the first $30 of the sales price:
 Camping lanterns  Flashlights

On the first $50 of the sales price:
 Camping stoves
 Collapsible camping chairs
 Portable hammocks
 Sleeping bags

On the first $200 of the sales price:
 Tents

Fishing supplies

On the first $5 of the sales price if sold individually or the first $10 of the sales price if
multiple items are sold together:
 Bait  Fishing tackle

On the first $30 of the sales price:
 Bags  Tackle boxes

On the first $75 of the sales price if sold individually or the first $150 of the sales price if
sold as a set:
 Reels  Rods

General outdoor supplies

On the first $15 of the sales price:
 Insect repellant  Sunscreen

On the first $30 of the sales price:
 Water bottles

On the first $50 of the sales price:
 Bicycle helmets**
 Hydration packs
** Bicycle helmets marketed for use by youth are always exempt from sales tax.

On the first $100 of the sales price:
 Sunglasses

On the first $200 of the sales price:
 Binoculars

On the first $250 of the sales price:
 Bicycles
 Outdoor gas or charcoal grills

Sports equipment

Selling for $40 or less:
 Any item used in individual or team sports, not including clothing or footwear

The sales tax holiday does not apply to:

• The rental or repair of any of the qualifying items listed below.
• Sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

For more details and information, check out the Florida Dept. of Revenue TIP page, or their Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday page

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