Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Sales Tax

Florida 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Expands to 10 Days in 2021, from July 31 through August 9

Qualifying items are exempt from tax during the sales tax holiday.  They include items of clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item, including wallets, handbags, backpacks, fanny packs and diaper bags.  It does not include briefcases, suitcases and garment bags. 

School uniforms are included for all items that cost less than $60. 

Certain school supplies qualify if they sell for $15 or less per item, including pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper,  legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer discs, protractors, compasses and calculators.  Items not included are printer paper, white-out type products and masking tape. 

Also tax free this year is the first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.  

For more information and a list of qualifying items, parents and students may want to review the Florida Department of Revenue’s Tax Information Publication on the 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.  It also includes answers to frequently asked questions.  A 2021 version is expected to be published soon.