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State officials encourage families to participate in Back-to-School Tax Holiday

Posted at 10:33 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 12:01:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — State officials are encouraging Floridians to participate in the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.

The highly anticipated tax holiday starts Friday, Aug. 2 and runs through Tuesday, Aug.6.

According to state officials, the 2019 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis.

Governor DeSantis said, “The start of the school year is around the corner and anything we can do to help Florida families afford school supplies is an investment in our future. It is essential that our students have the supplies they need to be successful in school, and I thank the Florida Legislature for responding to the needs of our families.”

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial or personal use.

"I encourage families throughout Florida to save money this weekend by shopping for school supplies – tax free,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “Getting ready for the school year can be expensive, and this tax break will help families prepare for the year while setting up students for success.”

For more information and to view the lists of qualifying items, visit the Department of Revenue's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday website at