Florida tax holiday saves you money on New Year’s Day

Florida’s Next Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Set to Begin on January 1

Florida’s residents can start the new year by taking advantage of the state’s next back-to-school sales tax holiday, which is scheduled to kick off on January 1. According to the Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR), this tax holiday will span a period of two weeks, ending on Sunday, January 14.

During this tax-free period, consumers will not be required to pay sales tax on the retail sale of several items. These tax-exempt items include clothing, footwear, certain accessories, school supplies, learning aids, jigsaw puzzles, personal computers, and certain computer-related accessories. The sales price per item for clothing, footwear, and certain accessories should be $100 or less, while school supplies, learning aids, and jigsaw puzzles should be $50 or less. Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use should be $1,500 or less.

However, it is important to note that the tax holiday will not apply to rentals, repairs, or alterations of any of these items, as reported by FDOR officials. Furthermore, sales tax will still be applicable to eligible items if they are purchased at a theme park, entertainment complex, or airport.

The Florida Department of Revenue has also provided examples of tax-exempt and taxable goods during the holiday period. To find out which items qualify for tax exemption, please refer to the list below.

Learning aids, such as electronic books, memory games, flashcards, puzzle books, interactive books, search-and-find books, jigsaw puzzles, stacking or nesting blocks or sets, learning cards, toys that teach math or reading skills, and matching games are considered tax-exempt items.

When it comes to clothing and accessories, the following items are tax-exempt: aerobic and fitness clothing, aprons and clothing shields, athletic supporters, baby clothes, backpacks and book bags, bandanas, barrettes and bobby pins, baseball cleats, bathing suits, caps and cover-ups, belts and belt buckles, bibs, bicycle helmets (youth), blouses, boots (except ski or fishing boots), bow ties, bowling shoes (purchased), braces and supports worn to correct or alleviate a physical incapacity/injury, bras, choir and altar clothing, cleated and spiked shoes, clerical vestments, coats, coin purses, costumes, coveralls, diaper bags, diapers, diaper inserts (adult and baby, cloth or disposable), dresses, fanny packs, fishing vests (non-flotation), formal clothing (purchased), gloves (dress, garden, leather, or work), graduation caps and gowns, gym suits and uniforms, hairnets, bows, clips, and hairbands, handbags, hats and caps, hosiery and pantyhose, hunting vests, jackets, jeans, lab coats, leggings, tights and leg warmers, leotards, lingerie, martial arts attire, neckwear, overshoes and rubber shoes, pants, ponytail holders, purses, raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos, receiving blankets, religious clothing, robes, safety clothing, safety shoes, scarves, scout uniforms, shawls and wraps, shirts, shoe inserts and insoles, shoes (including athletic), shoulder pads, shorts, ski suits (snow), skirts, sleepwear (nightgowns or pajamas), slippers, slips, socks, suits, slacks, and jackets, suspenders, sweatbands, sweaters, swimsuits and trunks, ties (neckties and bow ties), and tuxedos (purchased).

Certain items, however, are still taxable during the back-to-school tax holiday. These include athletic gloves, athletic pads, bowling shoes (rented), briefcases, checkbook covers (separate from wallets), chest protectors, cloth, lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics, clothing repair items (such as thread, tapes, iron-on patches, or zippers), corsages and boutonnieres, cosmetic bags, jewelry or key cases, crib blankets, diving suits (wet and dry), duffel bags, elbow pads, fins, fishing boots (waders), football pads, formal clothing (rented), garment bags, gloves (baseball, batting, bicycle, golf, hockey, rubber, surgical, or tennis), goggles (except prescription), hard hats, helmets (bicycle, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, or sports), ice skates, in-line skates, key chains, knee pads, life jackets and vests, luggage, makeup bags, pads (football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, or shoulder), paint or dust masks, patterns, protective masks (athletic), rented clothing or footwear, repair of wearing apparel, roller blades, roller skates, safety glasses (except prescription), shaving kits and bags, shin guards and padding, shoulder pads (football, hockey, sports), ski boots (snow), ski vests (water), skin diving suits, suitcases, sunglasses (except prescription), swimming masks, umbrellas, watchbands, watches, weightlifting belts, and wigs.

The sales tax holiday also extends to school supplies, including binders, calculators, cellophane (transparent) tape, colored pencils, compasses, composition books, computer disks (blank CDs only), construction paper, crayons, erasers, folders, glue (stick and liquid), highlighters, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebook filler paper, notebooks, paste, pencils (including mechanical and refills), pens (including felt, ballpoint, fountain, and refills), poster board, protractors, rulers, scissors, staplers, and staples. However, books not otherwise exempt, masking tape, computer paper, printer paper, and correction tape, fluid, or pens are still taxable.

Finally, the tax holiday covers computers and computer-related accessories. Tax-exempt items in this category include computer cables, car adaptors (for laptop computers), central processing units (CPUs), compact disk drives, computer batteries, computer towers consisting of a CPU, random-access memory or storage drive, data storage devices (blank CDs), diskettes, docking stations for computers, electronic book readers, flash drives, hard drives, headphones (including earbuds), ink cartridges, jump drives, keyboards (for computers), memory cards, mice (mouse devices), microphones (for computers), modems, monitors (except devices that include a television tuner), motherboards, personal digital assistant devices (except cellular phones), port replicators, portable hard drives, printer cartridges, printers (including “all-in-one” models), RAM (random access memory), routers, scanners, software (antivirus, database, educational, financial, or word processing), speakers (for computers), storage drives (for computers), tablets, web cameras, and zip drives. On the other hand, batteries (regular), cases for electronic devices (including electronic reader covers), CDs and DVDs (music, voice, prerecorded items), cellular telephones (including smart telephones), computer bags, computer paper, computers designed and intended for recreation (games and toys), copy machines, and copier ink or toner are taxable items.

So, if you’re a Florida resident looking to save some money on back-to-school shopping, make sure to take advantage of the upcoming sales tax holiday. Remember to check the eligibility of the items you plan to purchase and enjoy tax-free shopping from January 1 to January 14.

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