Florida Expands Annual Back-to-School Sales-Tax Holiday to Five Days by Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Michael Hirsch

The Florida legislature has expanded the state’s annual back-to-school sales-tax holiday from three to five days in 2019. Florida families with children heading back to the classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year can avoid paying state and local sales tax on qualifying school supplies when they do their shopping on Friday, Aug. 2, through the end of the day on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.

Florida’s back-to-school sales-tax holiday applies to online and in-store purchases of qualifying products, including the following:

Florida has a statewide sales tax of 6 percent, with certain counties imposing an additional local option sales tax of up to 1.5 percent. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties each collect a combined sales tax of 7 percent.

About the Author: Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM, is a senior manager of Tax Services with Berkowitz Pollack Brant’s state and local tax (SALT) practice, where he helps individual and business to meet their corporate, state and local tax reporting requirements. He can be reached at the CPA firm’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office at (954) 712-7000, or via email at