It’s that time of year again to begin shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies list during Florida’s Back-To-School Tax-Free Weekend 2020.
Florida’s sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2020.
During the 2020 Florida Back-to-School Tax Holiday, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item, on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.
No tax is due on the sale or purchase of any article of clothing, wallet, or bag, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags, with a selling price of $60 or less per item.
“Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear (except skis, swim fins, rollerblades, and skates) intended to be worn on or about the human body. Clothing does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, or handkerchiefs.
“School supplies” means 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 disks, protractors, compasses, and calculators.
Personal computers and related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use having a sales price of $1,000 or less per item are exempt from sales tax.
The full list of taxable and non-taxable items can be found on the Florida Department of Revenue’s website.
Don’t plan on doing your back-to-school shopping at the theme parks. That’s because the Florida Back-to-School Tax Holiday does not apply to sales of clothing, wallets, or bags in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.
The State of Florida made some important changes to the Back-To-School Tax-Free Weekend when compared to past years.
The limit on clothing and footwear was reduced from $75 to $60.
The number of days the tax-free holidays last was reduced from ten to five, and now down to three in 2020.