2014 Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday, Aug. 1

By  //  July 31, 2014

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HOLIDAY SPANS FROM August 1 through August 3

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — The state’s annual sales tax holiday added new items to the list of accepted items for 2014.

Pam Stewart
Pam Stewart

Governor Scott signed legislation to approve a three-day back to school sales tax-free holiday to support Florida parents purchasing school supplies and clothing.

The holiday exempts families from paying sales taxes on numerous back to school items including clothing and footwear of $100 or less per item and on certain school supplies of less than $15 per item.

“The sales tax-free holiday is an excellent opportunity for families to stock up on the supplies their children need for the coming school year,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “I appreciate Governor Scott’s dedication to ensuring families have this much-deserved break.”

TAXFREE-180Youth bicycle helmets, child restraint systems and booster seats are now tax-exempt and will provide additional relief for families purchasing these child safety items.

The sales tax exemption for clothing items is increased to $100 or less per item from $75 or less per item in 2013. The sales tax exemption for personal computers and certain computer-related accessories will be on the first $750 of the sales price rather than $750 or less per item in 2013.

During this holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item
  • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item
  • Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories on the first $750 of the sales price, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

tax-free-sliderThis holiday does not apply to:

  • Any item of clothing selling for more than $100
  • Any school supply item selling for more than $15
  • Books that are not otherwise exempt
  • Rentals or leases of any of these items
  • Repairs or alterations of any of these items.
  • Sales of clothing, school supplies, or computers and computer-related accessories in a theme park, entertainment complex,public lodging establishment, or airport.