Sales Tax Holiday

Back to school supplies, like pencils, pens, and notebooks

Florida’s child welfare agency is partnering with other groups to hold its first ever “Back to School Supply Drive” for foster care kids.


Honorably discharged veterans could get a two-month break from sales taxes under a measure filed by Miami Democratic Representative Kionne  McGhee.

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There are just a few days left for Florida’s 10-day Back-to-School Sales Tax holiday.

Building awareness of Monday’s kickoff of the Atlantic Hurricane season is hard enough when the state hasn’t been struck for a decade. But this year’s lack of a tax-free holiday to promote stockpiling emergency supplies could make the job more difficult.

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Florida sales tax holidays have become popular tools encouraging consumer spending on items like school supplies.  But the omnibus tax holiday bill that passed the House Thursday is leaving some lawmakers wanting more.

Besides back-to-school shopping, Rep. Ritch Workman’s (R-Melbourne) bill includes temporary exemptions for energy-efficient appliances, hurricane preparedness supplies, and gym memberships. It also offers a permanent exemption for child car seats and bicycle helmets.

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The Florida Retail Federation is gearing up for the 2014 legislative session by throwing its support behind a series of proposed sales tax holidays and proposals to expand the duties of pharmacists.

Vice President Randy Miller says the group is behind a 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday pitched by Governor Rick Scott.

“This is the most wildly-popular holiday we encounter. People come out from all over, we bring people in from other states. It’s a great thing for citizens to be able to save on clothing and materials and supplies.”

The state’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday gets underway in Florida next weekend and this year some expensive electronics also qualify. Shoppers will be able to purchase tablets and computers costing as much as $750, tax-free. The change comes as more schools are scrapping pen and paper in favor of online materials.                              

Floridians looking to save a little money on clothes or office supplies might want to head to stores this weekend. Friday is the first day of the state’s sales tax holiday.

Florida’s sales tax holiday runs from August 3rd through the 5th. It’s intended as a chance for shoppers to buy back-to-school items like clothes and school supplies without having to pay the extra cost of a sales tax. Trae Bodge, from the website Retail Me Not said those savings should be a big help for a lot of parents.