Florida’s Back-to-School Sales-Tax Holiday Returns August 7 by Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM

Posted on July 17, 2020 by Michael Hirsch

The Florida legislature approved a three-day back-to-school sales-tax holiday for 2020, which will run from Friday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 9. During this period, Floridians can purchase qualifying school supplies online or in person without paying state sales and local option tax regardless of whether students physically return to their classrooms or continue distance learning during the COVID-19 health crisis. Items covered during the sales-tax holiday include the following:

Currently, the state of Florida’s sales tax rate is 6 percent.  Depending on the city, county and local jurisdictions where a purchase is made, the total rate can be as high as 8.5 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