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Florida's 2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday: Everything you need to know

Runs from July 25 through August 7
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Posted at 6:22 AM, Jul 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-05 17:26:01-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The 2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday begins Monday, July 25 and runs through Sunday, August 7.

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During the holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories with a sales price of $100 or less per item*
  • Certain school supplies with a sales price of $50 or less per item,
  • Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles with a sales price of $30 or less*
  • Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories with a sales price of $1,500 or less, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use

The addition of learning aids to the tax-exempt list is new this year. They include items like puzzles, flashcards, matching games, and toys that teach reading or math skills.

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Please note that the retail sale of children’s diapers and baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and footwear, regardless of the sales price, is exempt during the period July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

Currently, children's books (for ages 12 and younger) are also currently exempt from sales tax until August 14.

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The holiday does not apply to the following:

  • Any item of clothing with a sales price of more than $100
  • Any school supply item with a sales price of more than $50
  • Books that are not otherwise exempt*
  • Computers and computer-related accessories with a sales price of more than $1,500
  • Computers and computer-related accessories purchased for commercial purposes
  • Rentals of any eligible items
  • Repairs or alterations of any eligible items
  • Sales of any eligible items within a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport

Below is a complete breakdown of what items qualify during the 2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, according to the Florida Department of Revenue:
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To view the 2022 Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Florida's tax-free holiday comes just as the National Retail Federation predicts families nationwide will spend about $864 on back-to-school shopping this year per household. That’s the highest expected family spending in the past five years, largely due to inflation.

NRF reports about 68% of shoppers have seen higher prices on back-to-class items already. Their data shows people have noticed the highest markups on clothing and accessories, followed by school supplies, shoes, and electronics.