Save on Back-to-School Supplies during Florida’s August Sales Tax Holiday by Karen A. Lake, CPA

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Karen Lake

Florida families preparing for the beginning of another school year should plan their back-to-school shopping during the state’s sales tax holiday weekend, which runs Friday, August 4, through Sunday, August 6. Public schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties begin on August 21, and one week earlier for Palm Beach County.

During the sales-tax holiday, Florida residents can reap substantial savings on purchases of a wide variety of back-to-school items without paying state and local sales tax. This includes in-store and online purchases of clothing and shoes that cost $60 or less; notebooks, pens, backpacks and other supplies costing $15 or less each; and, new for 2017, computers and accessories costing $750 or less each. For more details, visit the Florida Department of Revenue’s website at

About the Author: Karen A. Lake, CPA, is an associate director in the Tax Services practice of Berkowitz Pollack Brant and a SALT specialist who helps individuals, businesses and non-profit entities navigate complex federal, state and local taxes, credits and incentives. She can be reached at the firm’s Miami office at (305) 379-7000 or via email at