Cue Andy Williams: “It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year….”
Parents across South Florida are gearing up to send their children back to the classroom after another summer vacation- and 18 months of remote/ hybrid learning. In Palm Beach County, public school begins on August 10th, in Broward August 18th, and in Miami-Dade County August 23rd.
As if a return to some semblance of normalcy isn’t enough of a call to rejoice, the State of Florida has more than tripled the length of the Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, extending the 3-day event to 10 days!
Starting tomorrow, Saturday July 31st, to Monday August 9th, there will be no sales tax on qualifying purchases, resulting in a 7% savings on all back-to-school essentials. Here’s a guide for everything that qualifies, and everything that doesn’t.
Pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, glue, calculators and rulers.
Printer paper, white-out products, and other general office supplies.
Apparel, footwear, wallets, backpacks or bags- including handbags and diaper bags!
Briefcases, suitcases, garment bags, watches and jewelry.
Laptops, desktops, tablets, electronic book readers, keyboards, modems, routers and monitors.
Cell phones, video game consoles, and digital cameras.
There are a few other restrictions to keep in mind as you make your tax-free shopping list. The tax exemption does not apply to athletic supplies, the rental or repair of qualifying items, or purchases made in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.
If you want to learn more about eligible items this year’s Back-to-School Tax Holiday, here is a link to the FAQs: https://floridarevenue.com/backtoschool/Documents/2021FlaBTSTaxHolidayExternalFAQsConsumers.pdf